Sunday night fights erupt at San Francisco mall

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

Much of the downtown Westfield San Francisco Centre was closed Sunday evening after a fight broke out, injuring a police officer and prompting the arrest of a juvenile, authorities said.

Cellphone videos recorded by bystanders at the scene and later shared on social media captured people running in panic and screaming inside the mall crammed with shoppers and dozens of responding police officers.

The San Francisco Police Department received multiple 911 calls at around 6.43pm about a violent melee at Westfield Mall located at Market and Fifth streets. Dozens of officers swarmed the shopping mall in the Union Square area of the city and were seen in witness videos taking multiple suspects into custody.

The fight didn't spread onto the streets, but officers were forced to close the mall early. Rueca said a number of people have been detained.

Several officers suffered minor injuries while breaking up the brawl.

There was no indication what caused the brawl or exactly how many people were involved.

The mall is expected to open on schedule on Monday, June 26.

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