Alabama's Largest Mall Closes Early After Thanksgiving Brawl

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Thanksgiving night fight shuts down Riverchase Galleria mall 40 minutes early

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.

Black Friday shopping unexpectedly turned violent after incidents including a brawl at an Alabama mall Thursday and a shooting at a Missouri mall Friday. The TV station reports between 10 to 15 police officers responded to the fights.

Police said two men were sitting inside a auto when one of them discharged the gun while trying to holster the weapon. No one, however, was taken to the hospital.

While Czekelba claimed the brawl wasn't sale-related, other reports explained the fight happened because one woman mistakenly hit a child with a shoe.

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Another video showed a Black Friday fight at KMart, where a shopper attacked an employee, throwing the man to the down and reportedly shattering his hip. A 19-year-old suffered a gunshot wound while in a vehicle in the parking lot and reportedly faced life-threatening injuries. No arrests were made in this incident. ABC 17 News reports a 19-year-old was listed in critical condition after an interaction with the police.

Police said that no one was arrested in connection with that altercation.

Management said the mall closed at about 11:30 p.m. because of a recommendation from police. New York Daily News reports that the reason for the shooting is unclear.

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