Shoppers and retailers at malls across America were shocked by mobs of teens this weekend. The bizarre phenomenon followed a strikingly similar trajectory. Teens would appear en masse at a mall, where fights would break out involving separate groups. Another common thread is that the skirmishes often originated at the food court. The fighting became so disruptive that malls were forced to close in Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Illinois.
Several of the stories interestingly indicated that witnesses reported shots fired; but in all of those cases, officials said that there is no evidence to support those claims. Mall spokespeople vastly diminished the incidents as “isolated.”