BATON ROUGE, La. - The Mall of Louisiana was closed during a busy shopping time and evacuated after a fight broke out between dozens of young people Saturday evening.
EBRSO spokesperson Casey Rayborn-Hicks told WAFB-TV she's not sure how many people were involved in the actual fight but up to ten people will face criminal charges.
Deputies were called to the food court area around 6 p.m. and said the troublemakers quickly dispersed to other areas of the mall. No injuries were reported though several ambulances were dispatched to the area and initial reports of shots fired were apparently incorrect.
However, at least one eyewitness reported a chaotic and scary scene in the second floor food court.
The woman, who asked WAFB-TV not to identify her, said she was in the food court with her young child in his stroller when a large fight erupted and people began jumping over and knocking down tables. She said she grabbed her son and tried frantically to exit.
The whole thing reportedly started with a flash mob.
Unchaperoned young people were brought to a couple of stores where parents were allowed to pick them up.
Traffic was sent out of the area with all lanes headed out and the exits to the mall being closed.