Fights broke out at malls around the country, sending post-holiday shoppers scrambling for the exits.
No one was seriously injured in the mall melees Monday night, which during the panic, also prompted numerous false reports of gunfire.
Police in Ohio tell Cleveland.com that officers used pepper spray to disperse a large crowd following a fight at an upscale shopping mall in Beachwood, just outside of Cleveland.
Police say the incident there appears to have been “loosely organized on social media.”
Fight at Beachwood Place mall ends with officers using pepper spray. https://t.co/39eZFQM321 pic.twitter.com/UUlm8ky87P
— Cleveland Now (@TopClevelandNow) December 27, 2016
Meantime, there were reports of shots fired at a mall in New Jersey.
There were similar disturbances at malls around the country including in New York, Texas and Colorado’s Fox Valley Mall.
In Memphis, Tennessee, police arrested several people following fights at two malls there.
I liked a @YouTube video https://t.co/YeqF7FTYLJ Cross Creek Mall Fights Fayetteville N.C.
— Oscar Gutierrez (@VoteGutierrez) December 27, 2016