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Published: Thu, December 29, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

'Gunshot' at Arizona Mills Mall was chair thrown in food court

'Gunshot' at Arizona Mills Mall was chair thrown in food court

In fact, the Philadelphia Mills Mall was just one of dozens of shopping centers across the nation that were victim to such flash mobs on Monday.

Investigators have not yet revealed whether Tuesday's incident at Philadelphia Mills Mall is related to any of the Boxing Day disturbances.

The arrests follow a second night of chaos at the Philadelphia-area mall.

Around 200 people showed up at a Philadelphia mall on Tuesday in a disturbance planned on the social media network Snapchat that led to four arrests, ABC affiliate WPVI reported.

Inspector Small says that the police were able to break up the crowds pretty fast, but not before one of the trouble-makers tried to punch an officer. "It wouldn't make any sense for these juveniles to return because they're going to be turned away, they're going to be dispersed immediately", Small said.

At that point, hearing what they believed to be a gunshot, employees at several stores took action, "proactively going on lockdown", Detective Tracie Kittleson said.

He attempted to run, but shortly after was arrested for aggravated assault on an officer and disorderly conduct. When officers arrived on the scene, rowdy and angry juveniles surrounded the cops, causing them to call for backup from every on-duty officer in the city. Sgt. Chris Amsler, the spokesman for the Aurora Police Department in Aurora, Colorado, said that at this time, it's too early to say one way or the other. She was arrested for aggravated assault on an officer and trespassing.

The three teens were charged with the following Aggravated Assault, Criminal Trespass, Causing/Risking Catastrophe, Criminal Mischief, Hinder Apprehension, Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Resisting Arrest, Failure to Disperse, Harassment, Loiter and Prowl, and Disorderly Conduct-Fighting, police said.

Monday, several malls across the United States were rocked by fights, stampedes, and riots.

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