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Fights broke out at malls across the country the day after Christmas


Fights and false reports of shootings at multiple malls across the United States led to multiple injuries and arrests on Monday. 

CNN reports the disturbances originated from a social media post calling for a fight at the Town Center in Aurora, Colo. 

As officers arrived, a fight broke out, leading to five arrests and one hospitalization. Police said about 500 people were involved.

Fights broke out at malls across the country the day after Christmas

WATCH  | Here's a look at the Aurora mall and its police presence.

It was far from the only mall that saw violence on Monday.

The Jersey Gardens mall in Elizabeth, N.J. saw false reports of a shooting.

About 10 people were injured in a fight that broke out in that mall, mayor Chris Bolwage said.

Someone slammed a chair to the floor, which another customer interpreted as a gunshot.

The fights got intense.

You can see armed officers patrolling the mall in this (unfortunately rotated) video.

Even more mall mayhem

Fights at two Memphis-area malls, the Wolfchase Galleria and Oak Court Mall, led to seven arrests and the malls closing early, CNN reports. Gunshots were reported in both incidents, but police didn't find any evidence of gunfire.

False reports of a shooting also caused a panic in Fayetteville, N.C.  That started after teenagers started brawling in a food court. 

Here's the scene from Fayetteville.

And here's how Oak Court looked.

Fayetteville Police said the mall opted to evacuate.

And in Fort Worth, Texas, another fight involved at least 100 people. No one was hurt.

You keep hearing the horror stories of the mall shootings across the nations right now.... We're going to get in there as fast as we can.
Tamara Velle

In Tempe, Ariz., another shooting was reported, but no evidence was found, USA Today reports. In Cleveland, a mall fight had to be broken up with pepper spray, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports. Fort Worth police spokeswoman Tamara Velle said the threats were taken seriously.

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