VIDEO: Fight Breaks Out In Food Court At Florida Mall, 18 Injured
By Chip Skambis, Megan Cruz – WFTV // December 30, 2018
patrons mistook falling chairs during fight as gunshots
ABOVE VIDEO: A fight in the food court at the Florida Mall sparked a panic after patrons believed shots were fired Saturday afternoon, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA (WFTV) – A fight in the food court at the Florida Mall sparked a panic after patrons believed shots were fired Saturday afternoon, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
A man and a woman were fighting in the food court around 5 p.m. when a few chairs fell over, which shoppers mistook for gunshots, according to deputies.
Crowds of people fled and sought shelter during the ensuing panic.
In the ensuing chaos, two people were injured and one person had a seizure, deputies said.
Orange County Fire Rescue dispatched at least five ambulances to the mall.
Firefighters evaluated 18 people for minor injuries, taking eight to area hospitals.
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MCI- 8001 S Orange Blossom Trial: Orange County Fire Rescue evaluating 15 people for minor injuries at Florida Mall following an altercation in the food court. At this time, 5 individuals have been transported to area hospitals. @OrangeCoSheriff also on scene investigating.
— OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) December 29, 2018
UPDATE: No shots fired at The Florida Mall. Investigation indicate a large fight inside the food court. Deputies are restoring order within the mall. Deputies have the individuals involved in custody.
— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) December 29, 2018
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