ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A total of six persons are believed to have been involved in a brawl inside the mall near guest services, according to Ross Township Police.
When a busy shopping day came to a screeching halt, guns were drawn and anarchy ensued.
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Ross Township Police will now rely on mobile phone video of the altercation, which included people being dragged to the ground, punches being thrown, and firearms being drawn.
“It happened within the mall, around the guest services area, I believe it was on the second floor,” said Ross Township Police Detective Brian Kohlhepp.
Two armed 17-year-old guys from the Pittsburgh area were apprehended, according to Detective Kohlhepp.
He stated, “The three firearms were taken from the two juvenile men.”
The two teenagers will be charged as such, according to Ross Township Police, although they cannot say if they are linked to the rounds fired inside the mall.
Police plan to search for shell casings on the mall floor to determine how many gunshots were fired.
“We have testimonies from a couple of witnesses who heard 1-3 shots and comments from some witnesses who didn’t hear any gunfire, so we’re thinking there were probably 1-3 bullets fired,” Kohlhepp said.
There were also gunshots reported in the nearby neighbourhood.
“We were able to get there and check,” Kohlhepp said, “but we were unable to substantiate shots fired or locate anyone who may have been involved in that incident outside of the mall.”
Despite the turmoil, no one was hurt in the battle or when fleeing the malaise.
Meanwhile, Ross Township Police are appealing with Simon Properties to instal security cameras, claiming they are at a tactical and investigative disadvantage as a result of Simon Properties’ refusal.
Instead, authorities are relying on surveillance footage from big-box businesses and information from eyewitnesses.
KDKA has contacted Simon Properties about the camera problem and is awaiting a response.