Pepper spray used to rid crowd after fight at Cleveland mall

Officers initially responded to the scene for a report of shots fired, although they later confirmed none were

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BEACHWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say officers used pepper spray to disperse a large crowd following a fight at an upscale shopping mall.

Cleveland.com reports the fight broke out Monday evening at Beachwood Place mall, prompting a lockdown.

Officers initially responded to the scene for a report of shots fired. Police later confirmed there were no gunshots.

Fire officials say a man and a police officer were exposed to the pepper spray and received medical treatment. No one else was injured.

Police say a juvenile was taken into custody for assaulting a police officer.

It was not immediately clear what led to the fight, but police say the incident appears to have been “loosely organized on social media.”

Similar incidents were reported Monday evening at other malls around the country.

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