Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fight at Mall Sparks Ruckus

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fight at Mall Sparks Ruckus

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About 10 people were injured during a melee at the Jersey Gardens mall in Elizabeth on Monday evening, Mayor Chris Bollwage said in a tweet.

The injuries were non-life-threatening, Bollwage said. A fight in the food court led to false reports of a shooting after a chair was thrown and hit the ground loudly, officials said. The incident, around dinnertime on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, sparked a stampede as people rushed for the exits.

Posts on social media showed police with machine guns responding to the food court.

Police evacuated the building as a precaution, and hours later there were still long lines waiting for NJ Transit buses as it began to rain.

Only buses and emergency vehicles were allowed entry, and as many as 1,000 people were waiting for the public transportation at 8 p. …

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