Nov. 24, 2019 By Michael Dugan
A mass brawl broke out among hundreds of teenagers at the Queens Center Friday leaving four people injured.
Police said they responded to a “large disturbance” in the food court between 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. and broke up the melee.
One 16 year-old was detained but no arrests were made, according to the NYPD.
Up to 1,000 high school students were at the mall with many seen fighting, stealing from stalls and running up the escalators in the wrong direction.
Terrified business owners were forced to shut their doors for an hour and police warned the public to avoid the area.
Eyewitnesses said that after police put an end to the brawl inside, fights spilled out onto the sidewalk and street.
Teens were seen dragging and punching each other – even in the presence of officers.
At one point an NYPD Aviation unit helicopter was seen above the mall.
Two people were hospitalized and investigations are still ongoing as to what exactly caused the chaotic scene.
I want to update the public on @Queens_Center condition, the mall is open and inside is clear. We are still working on clearing the crowd from the surrounding area, just to be safe, please avoid the area and help us #SEESOMETHINGSAYSOMETHING https://t.co/GNSayYaLhq
— NYPD 110th Precinct (@NYPD110Pct) November 22, 2019