Some shoppers at the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin were locked into stores last night as groups of unruly teens ran through the mall. Police believe an attempted armed robbery that took place in the parking lot is connected.
A customer who was shopping inside a Boston Store at the time told local TV station KCCI:
A crowd of like 50 to 60 kids just came barreling through the upstairs door at Boston Store, knocking down everything they could touch. They went running down the stairs. All that we heard was glass breaking. There was security yelling to every manager to lockdown the doors, lockdown the mall, lockdown the store.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that some customers were temporarily locked behind security gates by employees, though most shoppers were cleared out of the mall within 10 minutes. Police say there was also a gunshot fired in the mall parking lot during an attempted robbery, but no one was injured.
The incident may be connected to police shutting down a flash-mob event planned on Facebook last week. One hundred thirty high school students were temporarily banned from the mall after planning to play freeze tag inside on December 23. Mayor Jill Didier wouldn't comment on whether or not the incident was planned on social media sites, but said, "We will do whatever we can to find the perpetrators."
50 Wisc. Teens Make Major Mall Mess [KCCI]
Mayfair Mall Closes Early After Tumult [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
Wauwatosa Police Confirm Gun Fired Outside Mayfair Mall [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]