Thanksgiving night fight shuts down Riverchase Galleria mall early

Shoppers getting an early start on Black Friday deals had their Thanksgiving trek to the Riverchase Galleria cut short when fights broke out in the mall.

Hoover police and firefighters responded to the shopping center after 11 p.m. on at least one fight in a store on the mall's second floor. Reports of gunfire quickly spread on social media, but authorities said reports of shots fired were not confirmed and no one was shot. Lt. Keith Czeskleba said Friday they did receive calls of shots fired outside of the Galleria but responding officers believe it was someone shooting off fireworks.

Video circulating on Facebook shows one of the fights, which was between two girls.

Hoover Fire paramedics treated one victim on the scene for minor injuries sustained in a fight. No one was transported to the hospital. Officers said the fights were not over sales, but of a personal nature.

There were reports of several arrests stemming from the fights, but efforts to confirm that with police weren't immediately successful.

The Galleria opened to shoppers at 6 p.m. Thursday and was set to close at midnight before reopening again at 6 a.m. for Black Friday. Instead, because of the commotion, the mall closed down about 11:20 p.m. and ushered shoppers out.

The mall is set to reopen today at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 10 p.m. As part of their normal holiday season security plan, Hoover police have additional officers on duty at the city's shopping centers.


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