Kentucky Mall Forced to Close After 2,000 Unruly Teens Riot
Deal hunting gone wrong.
All was not well at Kentucky's Mall St. Matthews just outside of Louisville, Ky. on Saturday night, after chain-reaction brawls broke out among the thousands of teens who were enjoying an evening of post-Christmas bargain shopping.
NBC News writes that reports of "disturbances" began a little after 7 p.m. and continued for hours, eventually forcing the closure of the facility. Firsthand accounts from those inside the mall reveal quite a chaotic scene: people running through the halls and getting into fights left and right — even climbing on the steel grates as stores attempted to shut down an hour early.
According to a St. Matthews Police spokesman, the brawls "started to feed on themselves," with an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 teens and young adults aged 13 to early 20's involved. "This was a riot," he said. "It was crazy."
Police "maintained a presence" until 1 a.m., and the mall re-opened for business at 11 a.m. on Sunday. So far, no arrests have been made and only minor injuries were reported.