Sunday, January 6 2013 11:03 PM EST2013-01-07 04:03:30 GMT
Rebekah Sheets watched what she thought was just another trip to the mall turn into mass confusion Saturday night at the Mall of Louisiana. "One of store owners I forgot which store but they actuallyMore >>
A normal trip to the Mall of Louisiana turned into mass confusion Saturday night as hundreds of teens met up after an invitation went out on a social media site. More >>
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says deputies are responding to a large fight of juveniles in the Mall of Louisiana. EBRSO spokesperson Casey Rayborn-Hicks says at this time deputies do not believeMore >>
Police from multiple agencies converged on the Mall of Louisiana Saturday after several fights broke out inside the mall.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
teens is getting to be a huge concern. The Mall of Louisiana was closed Saturday
after several fights. And, word is spreading a similar scenario might play out
at another popular hangout.
spares and safety were all on the minds of the McCaa family as they bowled at
All Star Lanes on Airline Highway. Safety is their top priority because of what
happened at the mall, especially since Brittany McCaa, 15, was there.
wanted to go home," she said. "It was like, I thought it was going to
be another big shooting thing."
was Operation Instagram. A post on social media caught the attention of about
200 or so area teens, with the purpose being to take one big group picture.
However, the play went awry.
of those teens decided to start a scuffle," said Casey Rayborn-Hicks,
spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
McCaa was picking up her teen daughter from the mall around the same time.
kind of think they're safe, especially at the mall, you know," she said.
Now, a Facebook
post is grabbing attention. It refers to an "Operation Instagram Pt. 2
next Saturday at Don Carters," which is now All Star Lanes on Airline. There
were tweets in response to the post urging against a second attempt at a group
moving from place to place and trying to find different places," Patrisha
Lacroix, the general manager of the bowling alley, is prepared.
definitely always have extra duty officers Friday and Saturday nights,"
Lacroix explained. "We're extending the hours and extending the number of
the increased security, Lacroix said all bowlers must have on a wristband while
at All Star. If they don't have a wristband, officers will ask them to leave. And,
unlike the mall, he said there are only two side entrances and one main one. He
plans to have an officer at all three, plus others inside and some outside.
Below is a statement sent on behalf of Todd Denton,
general manager of the Mall of Louisiana.
"At Mall of Louisiana, the safety and security of
our shoppers are always our top priorities. We are fortunate to have a
great working relationship with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's
Department. This Saturday, there was an unexpected large amount of people
gathered in the food court due to a social media posting. Based simply
upon the size of the crowd, the sheriff's department determined it was
necessary to evacuate the mall to further ensure the safety of all
shoppers. There were no reports of injuries or incidents related to
Saturday night's event. In addition to our relationship with the sheriff's
department, our customized public safety program entails many measures. These
measures are designed to ensure our shoppers have a safe and enjoyable time at
our center. We cannot discuss the specifics of the program because to do
so would compromise our efforts. As part of our efforts and our commitment
to public safety, we regularly review our safety program and will amend it as
what we can tell, there was a fight that broke out amongst some of the teens
that were in the food court," said Rayborn-Hicks.
EBRSO sent 55
deputies to the scene. A dozen troopers from the Louisiana State Police and
another dozen officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department responded to the
incident over the weekend.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:22:45 GMT
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Katelyn Beard's body was found during a search by local law enforcement Tuesday morning. More >>
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The search is over for the missing Mississippi 17-year-old at the center of the weekend Amber Alert. Katelyn Beard's body was found Tuesday before noon, off of Darden road, near the scene of a morningMore >>
The coroner said her body had been dumped for at least two days, and she was shot in the head.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:50:53 GMT
Firefighters are working a fatal fire at a home located at 507 Vancleave Avenue in Ocean Springs Tuesday afternoon. Officials say at least one person is confirmed dead. WLOX News crews are on the scene.More >>
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