VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) – Holiday shoppers at the Mall of Victor Valley were sent into panic Saturday evening, after a large fight followed by what was believed to have been shots fired.
“At 5:17 p.m.,deputies responded to several calls reporting a fight, some near the food court and/or Dick’s Sporting Goods,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.
Following the initial fight reports, mall patrons called 911 and reported hearing gunfire after the fight, scanner traffic reported.
As deputies arrived, a large group of juveniles involved in the brawl scattered and ran in various directions including the mall and the adjacent shopping centers.
A sheriff’s helicopter responded and assisted ground deputies with PA announcements instructing people in the mall parking lot to get back into their vehicles. After interviewing witnesses and searching the area, deputies determined the shots heard/fired reports to be unfounded.
A witness to the incident said the gun fire type sound heard, was in fact chairs falling and hitting the ground.
The entire incident created fear and chaos for holiday shoppers, many of them running and taking shelter inside restrooms and waiting there until deputies arrived.
”Based on information in the call, no arrest were made and no one was injured or transported by medical personnel,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.
Bachman also confirmed the call of shots heard/fired was unfounded.