Police: Large fight, broken glass, falling sign caused shoppers to flee Christiana Mall

(WHYY, file)

(WHYY, file)

Authorities in Delaware have released more information about what caused holiday shoppers to panic and flee the Christiana Mall in Newark Friday night.

A large fight involving multiple people broke out around 8:37 p.m., during which a glass container broke and a metal sign fell to the floor, according to Delaware State Police.

Mall employees and patrons began running away from the area en masse, police said.

Some shoppers began reporting they had heard multiple gunshots, and the security detail began to evacuate the mall as more officers responded to the scene on reports of shots fired.

However, after searching the building and the surrounding area, state police determined it was safe and found no evidence of weapons being present or shots being fired.

Some minor injuries were reported by victims during the stampede out of the mall.

The Christiana Mall reopened at 8 a.m. Saturday as Delaware State police continued to investigate the incident.

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