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

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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ignorant mexicans

There is no such thing as a lock down. It's called false imprisonment or unlawful detainment.

If you live in a border state, this is coming to a mall near you.

This is coming to a mall near you if we don't secure our border.

No pictures? I would be willing to wager as to the demograph of those who perpetrated yet another insult to civilized society......

Should have had TSA and back scatter X-ray machines on entry to the mall. Pat or pic, your choice.

that was literally 5 minutes after me and my friend walked out of the food court. scary

I heard that the Micky D's there had run out of McRibs and McNuggets, that's never a good thing for public civility. Word.

Well, that is a working-class neighborhood.

No worries, it's just likely some undocumented workers who belong to a different club (gang). They do all the stuff us hard working citizens won't do.

Shopping? Didn't think there were any folks with money left in Cal, except for politicians, brain-dead Hollywood leftists and illegal immigrants...Oh, yeah, things will get a lot better as soon as Moonbeam's back in charge. Feliz Navidad,ya'll!

Mexicans, what else could you expect from them? Not all mexicans, just the illegals and criminal element which overruns L.A. Round them all up and deport them for a better country.

Thank goodness I left that Godforsaken California. I've shopped in the Cerritos Mall years ago and back then you took you life in your hands by doing so. Cerritos has all but turned into Tijuana and Detroit all rolled into one.
On one side there is the brothas swinging their testicles above they're heads saying that there that man and on the other, you have the Hispanics saying, "Soy el hombre."
Regular people are stuck in the middle of all this testosterone swinging and we're the ones who get hurt and killed while the gang bangers go back to their gang infested neighborhoods, to brag how they showed the other side that they, "Are the Man".

Don't worry people, it probably wasn't illegals fighting, just your plain everyday Obama supporters looking for their fair share of the loot.

Just another day in Los Angeles the Outlaw Illegal Alien Sanctuary Capitol of Mexifornia! It can only get worse as recent elections prove, California has isolated itself from the rest of the USA!

Lockdown. Until you are involved in one, you do not understand how powerful your "freedom" loving government is....

Just another example of illegal hoodlums.

First post!

Stupid, materialistic Americans. Deaths and violence over shopping. Do you really need to buy these things this badly? People stampeding like animals and trampling each other to death...this article will only be the first of many.

Now that insane!


Sounds like the typical bunch of animals, acting like animals (no offense to animals).


I'm glad they lifted the lockdown, because I consider it completely illegal.

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