HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Swatara Township police say this is not the first time a fight broke out at the Harrisburg Mall, but after a brawl on Saturday that injured an 11-year-old girl, they want to make it clear they are doing what they can to keep the mall safe.
On Saturday, a Steelton mother allowed her daughter to go to the Harrisburg Mall to shop. The girl was accompanied by an 18-year-old, but shortly before the mall was expected to close, an altercation began.
The girl and her 12-year-old cousin were jumped after a movie at the mall’s theatre let out, police said.
“Kicking, spitting, threaten her to kill her, biting her. You could see on the video they were stomping,” said the girl’s mother.
The mother, who does not want to be identified, believes the altercation stemmed from a photo that was taken weeks ago. Video of the fight was shared on the ABC27 Facebook page and shows it happening inside the mall.
“I was in shock. I feel so helpless, like, I couldn’t help her because I was at home. She calls me, screaming,” said the girl’s mother.
The young girl is now on crutches after sustaining a slightly-fractured foot.
Police say the group of kids then went to a nearby Sheetz. Officers arrived on the scene and several arrests were made.
“I can’t absolutely believe the lack of respect no respect whatsoever,” said the godmother of the girl.
Police Chief Darrell Reider says a policy was put in place after a fight broke out the weekend before. He believes new movie theatre management was unaware of a lengthy movie screening, and underage children must be accompanied by an adult after curfew.
Police will be working with theatre management to keep those policies in check.