A New Jersey mall was forced into lockdown after a crowd of between 700 and 1,000 juveniles became unruly to the point where shops shuttered their windows, the escalators were switched off and the police were called.
The incident began at approximately 7:30 pm local time at the mall entrance beside a JC Penney store. Responding officers encountered a crowd of between 700 and 1,000 unaccompanied juveniles.
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The department would ultimately lament the irresponsible decisions by so many parents to leave their unattended children en masse to disrupt other shoppers as they continued their holiday celebrations.
As the mob became increasingly unruly, an announcement over the mall’s loudspeaker instructed everyone under the age of 18 to leave the mall immediately, informing them that additional police were already on their way to the scene. Several stores resorted to pulling down their shutters, to protect both patrons and staff.
Footage taken by Kolby Eleazer shows the carnage unfold, with mall patrons trapped behind security gates inside of stores.
Fox Valley Mall wildin pic.twitter.com/UU7p0Qq7Gs
— Velma (@BFitman) December 27, 2016