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Brawl in mall food court spurs false reports of shooting

December 24, 2019 GMT

A northern New Jersey mall was briefly locked down after a fight there sparked false reports of a shooting, authorities said.

The brawl broke out shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday in the food court of the Mills at Jersey Gardens mall in Elizabeth. No injuries were reported in the fight, but authorities say some social media posts referenced a possible shooting, spurring several calls to police.

The mall was placed on lockdown after the fight, but that order was soon lifted.

It wasn’t clear Tuesday how many people were involved in the brawl or if any arrests had been made.