TUKWILA, Washington. Policemen swarmed in the Southcenter Mall in Tukwila Saturday night after a large group of teenagers and young adults ran to the exits. They feared a shooting or other dangerous event was going on. Shots were fired and nobody was injured.
Instead, Tukwila police are investigating whether a self-proclaimed teenage YouTube star is responsible for inviting the mob of teenagers to start the mess of the mall on social media. The ensuing rush of teenagers created a sense of panic.
"A large group fled the doors at the same time, causing concern among passers-by and employees," Tukwila police wrote on Facebook. "The group has dispersed."
Some stores closed their doors when they saw the large group of children running, police said.
"A large group of people were just running towards us, trying to leave the mall." I just ran with them and stood outside the restaurant, waiting to find out what was going on, "said Bryce West "There were a lot of people who said they saw someone pulling out a gun, but people reacted as if a gun was threatening."
Things are getting worse, with some parents on the police's Facebook page The Tukwila police responded to a post saying, "Yes, children are causing panic. That's why we had the great presence of the police until we could figure out what was going on. "
Police say the creator did not get permission for an event or permission from the mall the panic was deliberately caused, charges could be brought.