Beachwood mall disturbance was ‘loosely organized on social media,’ police say

BEACHWOOD, Ohio -Beachwood Place mall closed early the day after Christmas after it was placed on lockdown following an incident.

According to Beachwood police, a large group of juveniles caused a disturbance inside the mall around 6:30 p.m.

Videos posted to social media during the incident showed people running through the mall screaming. The video in the media player above was tweeted by Twitter user @_samiiiiii.

Beachwood police and mall security officers dispersed the crowd and removed them from the mall. Officers from nearby jurisdictions also responded to assist. No injuries were reported.

Police said there was a report of a gun being fired but an investigation revealed that report was unfounded.

According to police, it appears the disturbance was “loosely organized on social media.”

One juvenile was arrested for allegedly attempting to strike an officer that was dealing with another disorderly person.

The mall closed for a short time but reopened later.

One person was transported by medical personnel from the scene but police said it was due to an illness, not related to the disturbance.
Similar incidents were reported at malls across the country Monday evening. A mall in Tempe, Ariz. was placed on lockdown around the same time. Police determined no shots were fired after witnesses said they heard a loud noise during an altercation there. In Aurora, Colo. police evacuated a mall due to a large disturbance. The Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville, N.C. was also evacuated after a fight broke out.


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