911 calls reveal chaos during mall fight

July 29, 2008 6:10:33 PM PDT
Frantic 911 calls from inside the Triangle Town Center Saturday night reveal chaos and confusion as stores closed to protect employees and frightened shoppers.

Police say a fight involving close to 300 people is gang related and seven teens are facing charges.

According to the Raleigh Police Department, the fight started small but quickly escalated.

Numerous shoppers and employes called 911 during the altercation.

"We're at Triangle mall and the security isn't able to control a fight downstairs and everyone is running after them," one caller said.

"Inside Triangle Town Center there's something going on in the middle of the mall, security's running crazy to the point doors are locking," another caller told a 911 operator.

The only video of the incident that has surfaced was posted on You Tube.

A woman on one of the calls is heard asking someone to close the gate to the store.

911: How many people would you say are fighting ma'am?
Caller: Probably over 100 people standing out here.
911: Are they arguing or actually fisticuffs or hitting each other?
911: Are they hitting each other or arguing?
Caller: It's hard to tell there's so many people.
911: Do you know if anyone has any weapons?
Caller: Shut the gate, shut the gate.. do what?
911: Are there any weapons involved?
Caller: I can't tell.

Police say there were weapons. A 15-year-old was stabbed and a an officer was injured.

There were rumor that a Friday night at the shopping mall led to Saturday night's fight.

The malls general manager acknowledges there was an incident Friday, but he says the two brawls were not related.


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