Sacramento police responded Saturday evening to multiple fights at Arden Fair – the second such incident at the mall in less than a week – prompting mall officials to shut down the shopping center early.
According to police spokesman Sgt. Vance Chandler, a large group of youths caused a disturbance inside the mall at about 6 p.m. According to witnesses at the mall, police closed entrances to the shopping center after officers encountered the group inside.
Police said they had received information earlier that tipped them off to the potential fights, and multiple officers were already at the mall when the fighting occurred. Officers were assisted by deputies and a helicopter from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Chandler said that fights took place inside the mall and outside as well with “at least a couple hundred juveniles that were here causing a disturbance and fighting.”
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Eyewitness accounts describe large groups of teens running around the mall and multiple fights breaking out. No firearms were used, officials said.
One youth suffered a “minor injury,” Chandler said, and there were no reports of property damage. No arrests were made, he said, although one girl was cited for unlawfully possessing a stun gun.
A similar fight broke out Wednesday outside the mall, according to police, when a crowd damaged vehicles and assaulted a security guard. Several juveniles were detained, but police said around 100 people were believed to be involved. There is no sign that the two incidents are connected.
Arden Fair spokesperson Nathan Spradlin said in a news release that social media posts are encouraging violent behavior at the mall and that the decision to close the mall was made for the safety of shoppers and workers.