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Lauderhill Mall Fight Involves Up to 200 Kids, But No Arrests Made

Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 12:38 PM

By Alexandra Ward

The Lauderhill Mall in Florida was shut down briefly after a massive fight broke out Tuesday, sending two teens to the hospital with minor injuries.

More than 200 kids showed up Tuesday and gathered in the parking lot to brawl before spilling inside. Police said it was a message posted on social media that alerted everyone to come to the mall near Fort Lauderdale,

"What that message was, we don't know," Lauderhill Police Lt. Mike Butkus told NBC Miami.
"Essentially that's what was used and we believe it was to fight somewhere in the mall, over what, we do not know."

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No one was arrested, but two people were taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries. Witnesses said the scene was chaotic.

"I just saw a bunch of kids running around," Christian Parfene told the Sun-Sentinel. "I didn't think anything of it [until] I just saw a whole bunch of police officers."

Witness Frank Francis said the invitation on social media was an invite to teens to come out and settle any issues they might have once and for all.

"I just heard that anybody that had beef with each other is supposed to come over here and fight," Francis told CBS Miami.

"Whatever pressure you had against anybody, you had to come out today," another witness told NBC Miami.

The mall was reopened after being closed for about two hours, but a few officers remained on the scene into the night.

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