Teen fights force Pennsylvania mall to close early

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say several fights broke out among hundreds of teens who packed a western Pennsylvania shopping center, forcing it to close early.

The altercations erupted Friday evening at the Monroeville Mall. Monroeville Police Chief K. Douglas Cole says at least two people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Cole says large groups of teens began showing up around 5 p.m., with the crowds swelling to as many as 1,000, according to mall security officers. Cole says he doesn’t believe it was an organized event or protest.

Employees say stores closed early after fights were reported around 8 p.m. Cole reports minor damage to the mall, including to kiosks.

Cole says he expects officers to issue disorderly conduct citations. He says two arrests for fighting were related to an earlier domestic dispute.

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