New Details About Mayfair Melee
Wauwatosa police have released more information about Sunday's chaos at Mayfair Mall. The mall shut down early because about 100 teenagers showed up started causing problems.
Witnesses apparently told police kids were running through Boston Store and Macy's grabbing hundreds of dollars worth of clothes.
Outside, police say teenagers piled into a bus without paying and refused to leave. They say 40 to 50 teenagers started fighting and officers used pepper spray to get them under control. One person even reported hearing a gunshot.
Police also released the 911 calls from shoppers and employees inside the mall.
"There's kids running all over the place. They're just screaming, running. I've got a customer on the floor over here. They've busted out a glass table. Get people over here," a Boston Store employee told 911 dispatchers.
"We need police right away. At Boston Store. They're taking over the store. Hurry. The kids are all over the place. All over. The top level. They're just everywhere. Running, screaming, breaking things," another frantic employee told 911.
The police report said the suspects stole over a thousand dollars worth of clothes. The chaos forced security to shut the mall down early, and the mayhem spread outside. The police report said dozens of kids forced their way onto a bus without paying and wouldn't get off. While police were clearing the bus, a fight involving forty kids broke out outside McCormick and Schmick's restaurant. The restaurant went into lockdown after diners reported hearing gunshots.
Nine people were arrested. Several kids resisted arrest, and police were forced to use pepper spray on them. Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier promises increased mall security to prevent this from happening again.
"We've added security enhancements. The mall has added some security enhancements," Didier said.
Several shoppers reported mall security letting teens in without an adult, which goes against mall policy during PGR hours. When asked what the city and mall are doing to make sure that doesn't happen again, Didier said they are reviewing their safety procedures and investigating what the security guards did Sunday afternoon.