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Police respond when teens gather at mall, suddenly run out

March 10, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) — Police in a city south of Seattle say a large group of teens and young adults entered and then suddenly fled a mall and the chaos may have been sparked by a social media posting.

KOMO-television reports the gathering early Saturday evening at Tukwila’s Southcenter Mall drew a large police presence. No one was hurt in the incident.

Detectives say the crowd gathered at the urging of a post on YouTube.

A large number of young adults suddenly ran for the exits, prompting fear that there might be a shooter or other threat.

Some stores closed their gates when they saw young people fleeing for the exits.

Police say the person posting the invitation to gather did not have a permit for an event or ask permission from the mall.

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This story has been corrected to say that Tukwila is south of Seattle.

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Information from: KOMO-AM, http://www.komoradio.com/

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