Ten people have been arrested after 200 young people rampaged through Minnesota’s packed Mall of America on the busiest shopping day of the year. The mob sent frightened shoppers scrambling for safety as 10 fights broke out at the same time, forcing some stores to shut.
Brawls started after rumours swept the mall in Bloomington that rappers Lil’ Wayne and Drake were visiting.A group of 50 youngsters were filmed on cell phone cameras throwing dining chairs at each other in the food court. Video captured police officers walking with their guns drawn, but they later said this was in response to reports of gun shots being fired.
Several witnesses said the melee had elements of a ‘smash and grab’ flash mob, including heavy use of mobiles. It took 30 police and mall security staff more than an hour to restore order – with 10 juveniles and young adults held on suspicion of disorderly conduct.
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