Transcript for Police Forces and Mall Security Attempt to Stop String of Violent Mall Brawls
Night after night lately we've been telling you about massive fights breaking out in malls across the country. Tonight another example of violence as mall owners are now getting together to discuss better protecting shoppers and maybe putting restrictions on your teenagers. Here's ABC's Clayton Sandell. Reporter: Tonight, trouble in American shopping malls. In sunrise, Florida, a fight breaking out when a customer tries to get in this closed Steve madden shoe store. Employees hold her back, but she throws a water bottle, and someone in the store throws a punch. The incident recorded by radio host Andy slater. Everyone in the crowd couldn't believe it either. This is supposed to be a season where everybody is happy and full of joy but it was anything but. Reporter: It follows Monday's rash of much larger fights at more than a dozen malls around the country. Forcing evacuations from Illinois to Indiana, Texas to Tennessee on one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Many of the troublemakers were teens police say may have been drawn to the malls by social media posts. That has prompted the shopping center industry this week to strategize on ways to improve security including requiring teens to be escorted by an adult over 21. As for that Florida fight, police tell us tonight they are not pressing any charges but the store says they are still investigating.
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