Hundreds of teens reportedly stormed an Ocoee movie theatre in Florida on Valentine’s Day night, creating a chaotic scene with fights, drugs, and robbery.
According to WFTV, the incident occurred at West Oaks Mall around 11 p.m., with about 900 kids described as being in middle or high school, attempting to rush the theater at once.
“My anxiety hit the roof. I was like, ‘How do we get out?'” said moviegoer Jessica Weckerly.
About 300 of the teenagers got inside the building before security was able to close the gates. And the police said a group of around 100 rushed into the theatre and continued to cause disturbances.
Jessica and her husband, Brian Weckerly, were on their first date in months for the Valentine’s Day showing of Fifty Shades of Grey when they heard hundreds of people stampeding into the building.
“It was like a herd of elephants coming up the corridor and races up the stairwell. Just bum-rushed the entire theater,” Jessica said.
Witnesses reported that several fights broke out, and a gunshot was fired at one point.
Ocoee police and Winter Garden police responded to the scene.
“We all formed together and were successfully able to get all these kids out of the mall area,” said Lt. Paul Hopkins, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
But that didn’t stop the teens, who ended up robbing a person in the parking lot. Police later recovered a stolen car with drugs inside.
Investigators also said the teens moved across Colonial Drive and gathered at a nearby gas station.
“A whole bunch of kids came in the store and just started stealing stuff,” witness Taylor Davis told WESH. “They (were) just taking everything out of the store, and then the kids (were) just trying to fight the owner, and everybody was just trying to fight.”
“Our main concern is this: These are middle and high school kids going to a public movie theater, some armed with guns, some firing guns, some fighting in the parking lot, disturbing everyone else there. Not only that, but putting them in danger with the the violence they’re creating,” Orange County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Paul Hopkins said.
The officers were eventually able to get the teens under control, and parents were contacted to pick them up.
One juvenile was arrested for battery and resisting an officer without violence. A second juvenile was arrested on misdemeanor drug charges.
There were no reported injuries.
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