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Cerritos mall food court placed on lockdown after fight, reports of gunshots

November 26, 2010 |  6:21 am

Mall The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department placed a portion of a Cerritos shopping mall on lockdown briefly Friday morning after a fight broke out in the food court.

The lockdown at the Los Cerritos Center was quickly lifted, and mall operations are now back to normal, officials said.

The incident broke out around 2:30 a.m., according to the Sheriff's Department.

The mall had invited shoppers for a special sale event called Midnight Madness. The Los Cerritos Center describe the event this way: "When the clock strikes midnight, Los Cerritos Center will open its doors for the season's craziest night of shopping, with special guest Kari Steele from MYFM 104.3. Stores throughout the center will be open and offering the best deals of the year. Imagine ... all your holiday shopping done before the sun comes up -- now that's insane."

Details about the incident were not available, and mall officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

"Deputies contained the mall in semi-lockdown and did a walk-through, but they were unable to locate the people who were fighting,'' Sgt. Ciro Racowschi told City News Service, adding that some shoppers had reported hearing gunshots. "The parking lot was packed, like during a regular weekend day, but it was after midnight."

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Photo: KTLA News

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