Fight shuts down Alabama mall on Thanksgiving night

A former Walmart staffer said on Twitter he planned to wear his old uniform to sneak into a store early and bag a bargain before others could

The mall closed 40 minutes early because of the melee.

Video of the Black Friday brawl was posted by WBEC News and can be seen in the video below.

AL.com reports that police and firefighters responded to reports of fighting in the Riverchase Galleria in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, Alabama, around 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

People shopping inside the mall at the time tell CBS 42 a rumor quickly spread that there was an active shooter in the mall, and people reportedly began to panic.

The statement was released on the Hoover Police Department Facebook page said, "No arrests were made in this incident".

According to multiple media reports, over 15 Hoover police officers responded to fights breaking out between customers as well as unconfirmed reports of gunfire at about 11 p.m. They say they do not believe they are looking for anybody and have everyone they need to talk to.

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The second incident was the fight.

The two ladies were separated by police, and treated by paramedics for minor injuries. It reopened as scheduled on 6:00 a.m. Friday.

Black Friday does many things, but encouraging the Christmas spirit may not one of them.

Hale stressed that there is no reason for anyone to be deterred from shopping today.

There were reports of several arrests stemming from the fights, but efforts to confirm that with police weren't immediately successful.

"We're going to be ready to squash anything", Hale said.




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