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Drake Rumor Caused Mall of America Fight

Is the rapper's rumored appearance responsible for 9 arrests at the Mall of America?

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: December 28th, 2011 in Culture » Society » News

Drake Rumor Caused Mall of America Fight

On the day after Christmas, mass hysteria was experienced at Minnesota’s Mall of America. No, it wasn’t Boxing Day… it was a direct result of rumors spread about Drake and Lil’ Wayne appearing at the world-famous shopping center.

Nine people were arrested in the brawl. In the middle of the crowded mall, chairs were hurled, fists were flying, and screaming and swearing were heard throughout. According to CNN, more than 10 different fights had broken out near the food court before the final arrests were made around 4pm.

Apparently innocent shoppers were witnessed fleeing the mall in fear.

“There were drinks thrown on the floor and chairs being thrown everywhere,” Tess Dessalgne, a shopper, told KARE.

Police officers were pushing people away from the areas that individuals were fighting in. Some stores were shutting their doors to prevent the violence from entering.

Although The Mall of America immediately tweeted “Drake is not here,” it did not seem to stop the brawling. Some police officers believe that other causes could have started the fights.

“I’ve heard that and some other things as far as speculation. I don’t know that there’s anything to substantiate that.” Bloomington police official Mark Stehilk began. “Frankly, at this time, we don’t really have any idea, and we might never. It’s hard to say what starts a fight.”

“Unfortunately, as we have witnessed at shopping sites across the country this week, large groups of individuals can come together and create bad situations,” officials at the Mall of America said in a statement. “It is very unfortunate to see these incidents occurring, especially during the holiday shopping season when families are out spending time together.”

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