Rapper Rumors Spark Mall Melee

December 27, 2011 by staff 

Rapper Rumors Spark Mall Melee, Rumors that rap superstars Drake and Lil Wayne were visiting Minnesota’s Mall of America may have sparked Monday’s massive brawl at the giant retail center, a local TV station said.

Nine people were arrested as dozens of shoppers fought on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, according to local media reports.

The melee began in the food court and swiftly moved to other parts of the complex. Shoppers were knocked to the floor and sent scurrying away, and a number of stores closed early.

Several witnesses said the fight started after a rumor that Drake and Lil Wayne were coming to the mall, Minnesota’s WCCO-TV reported.

But police said no famous rap artists were there at the time, the Star Tribune reported.

“There were drinks thrown on the floor and chairs being thrown everywhere,” witness Tess Dessalgne told Minneapolis’ KARE-TV. “Everyone started running towards the fight.”

A Mall spokeswoman said the incident involved about 50 youths, but witnesses and police pegged the number at closer to 200. No serious injuries were reported.

“I was on the third-floor railing and saw a massive group of people (on the first floor),” 15-year-old Makenzie Shofner told the Minnesota Star Tribune. “It looked like they were trying to pull people’s stuff out of their bags.

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