Police respond when teens gather at mall, suddenly run out
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.
This story has been corrected to say that Tukwila is south of Seattle.
Information from: KOMO-AM, http://www.komoradio.com/