Social Media Post May Have Sparked Mall Melee

LAUDERHILL (CBS4) — Call it the brawl at the mall. Police believe a posting on a social media website drew at least 200 teenagers to the Lauderhill Mall around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to participate in a melee.

“It was just a whole big ol’ chaos right here in the Lauderhill Mall,” said Rodney Jones, who cuts hair at the mall and witnessed the incident.

In cellphone video obtained by CBS 4 News, you can see a group of teens gathering near the mall entrance.

As the crowd pushed inside, someone used a large traffic cone to hit someone.

Inside the mall teens squared off to fight while a security officer walked by.

The video shows teens running and screaming through the mall.

By the end of the video at least one person appeared to be placed in handcuffs but police say no one was actually arrested.

Witnesses say they’d never seen anything like it.

“People was getting hit by cones,” said Frank Francis. “Like fighting, like a brawl.”

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