By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 12:54 EST, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:50 EST, 6 January 2013
A flash mob at the Mall of Louisiana turned violent last night, causing the shopping center to be evacuated.
As many as 200 young people were in the food court of the Baton Rouge mall for an apparent flash mob, but things turned ugly quickly.
Around 6pm Saturday night, police officers responded to calls that there was a fight in the second story of the food court. Three separate police agencies responded to the call.
I predict a riot: A flash mob turned violent last night at the Mall of Louisiana when around 200 young people began fighting; no injuries were reported
Chaos: The riot began in the second floor of the food court, though police are still investigating why it started at all; here, cell phone footage shows alleged rioters, left, and officers responding to the scene, right
While The Times-Picayune reported that no one was immediately reported injured, there were ambulances on-scene to assist with anyone who could have been hurt.
Video shot on Smartphones show officers running throughout the mall, chasing down troublemakers.
A witness who requested not to be named told WWLTV that she was in the food court with her child when she saw teenagers getting into a fight.
As the altercation escalated, the woman said that people started overturning tables and jumping over them. She told the station that she grabbed her child and ran as fast as she could in the opposite direction.
Shopping center: The Mall of Louisiana was closed for the rest of Saturday, but was opened as normal today
‘I grabbed my son and took off running, but all the doors to the stores were closed,’ she said. ‘I ran through a side door into the parking lot and ran around trying to find my car.’
Police closed down the massive mall in the Louisiana capital so they could deal with the issues at hand. The mall remained closed for the rest of the night.
People on Twitter who noticed that that ‘Mall of Louisiana’ was trending on Twitter incorrectly hypothesized that there had been a shooting at the mall.
Another Twitter user asked sarcastically: ‘Since when did the Mall of Louisiana food court turn into the Hunger Games?’
Once police managed to gain control of the situation, parents could pick up their children in designated locations.
Up to 10 people will face criminal charges in the riot, it was reported.
The Mall of Louisiana is opened today for regular hours on Sunday.