JUST IN: @HooverPD say they responded to several reports of fights at the Galleria Thursday night. Here’s video of one incident outside the Buckle store. More on @WBRCnews this morning. pic.twitter.com/UZEZQGykGE
— Clare Huddleston (@Fox6Clare) November 24, 2017
The Black Friday madness began early in one Alabama mall — which was forced to shut down as a result of several fights that erupted between shoppers.
According to Al.com, police closed the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover, AL at 11:20 p.m. on Thursday after responding to the brawls.
One scuffle was caught on tape and distributed by Claire Huddleston, a reporter for WBRC in Alabama. In the tape, one person appears to be held down by mall security, while officers are seen trying to break up a scuffle between several others. Al.com reports that two women were fighting over a matter unrelated to shopping.
There was also, originally, a report of gunshots fired. But AL.com reports that authorities now believe someone was shooting off fireworks.
The Riverchase Galleria mall was originally slated to be open until midnight on Thanksgiving. It reopened as scheduled on 6:00 a.m. Friday.
In other news of Black Friday violence, Missouri ABC affiliate KMIZ reports that a 19-year-old male was shot outside the Columbia Mall in Columbia, MO. According to local authorities, the shooting happened inside a car. One man was attempting to holster his weapon when it discharged, striking the other man — who suffered injuries which are being described as life-threatening.
Watch video of the Hoover, AL brawl above, via Claire Huddleston.
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