An Alabama mall was forced to shut its doors earlier than scheduled Thursday night after a brawl broke out between shoppers.
According to WVTM, the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover closed around 11:30 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than its scheduled extended Thanksgiving shopping hours.
One witness reported seeing two women start to fight in a store on the upper level of the mall.
Jackie Robinson, a shopper who witnessed the melee, said the dispute led to someone’s shoe being thrown over a rail and down to the bottom floor, where it hit a child.
She said the chain of events sparked another physical altercation on the ground floor.
Mall security responded to the incidents, but soon contacted local police for assistance.
It was police who reportedly recommended mall management close early ahead of another day of extended shopping hours.
Footage of the melee and its aftermath was quick to be shared on multiple media outlets including Independent Journal Review.
Early coverage included claims that a gun was fired, though authorities said they found no evidence to support those reports, according to The Birmingham News.
In a statement Friday morning, Hoover Police Lt. Keith Czeskleba refuted reports of arrests connected to the fights, explaining officers found “two juvenile females” fighting and took no one into custody.
“No major incidents were reported at the Galleria or any of the city’s other shopping facilities,” he said.
One individual was reportedly treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The mall will be open as planned for Black Friday, management confirmed.
Though the fights occurred during the historically frenzied tradition of post-Thanksgiving retail sales, police say they do not believe Thursday’s fights had any connection to the deals.
In preparation for the holiday shopping season, an increased number of officers were patrolling the area at the time of the incident.
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