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At least 2 hurt in melee near Ford City Mall

Police arrested 19 people after a melee broke out at the Ford City Mall Saturday afternoon.

The incident happened shortly before 5 p.m. at the mall at 7601 S. Cicero Ave.

“A rap group was playing there and a large group of teens got out of hand,’’ said Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.

Other reports say a rap group was there to sign autographs, for an audience of mostly mothers with young daughters.

Witnesses say a group of teens suddenly started running through the mall, yelling, breaking things and spilling out into the parking lot. One witness says some of the teens were hitting cars, breaking off side mirrors and even one windshield.
A CTA bus driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital. A  teen was also hurt, and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, in good condition.

About 50 police squad cars assigned to multiple South Side districts, including Chicago Lawn, Englewood and Deering, and a helicopter responded to the scene. Security guards shut down the mall following the incident. A

According to the Ford City Mall website, members of the teen band Mindless Behavior appeared at the mall food court from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to promote their new release, “All Around the World.”


57 Comments to “At least 2 hurt in melee near Ford City Mall”

    Observant One said:
    February 23, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Imagine that… the name of the band ("Mindless Behavior") matched its audience perfectly!!!

    Enrique said:
    February 23, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Where are all the basketballs the Mayor’s contemplating? Idle hands are the devils workshop.

      kirby1414 said:
      February 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      can anyone actually imagine that b'ball is going to help these animals?? And if there had been one of King Rahm's games tonight – there would have been no problems at the mall??? I s anyone really THAT stupid???

        Todd Pardee said:
        February 24, 2013 at 7:14 AM

        Didn’t they shoot each other at the basketball game too?
        If you want to change the constitution, change the part that’s allows these trouble making gang bangers to hang out on the street selling dope and ho’s while shooting up the neighborhood!

        pagan69 said:
        February 24, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        Has the Supreme Court ruled on that, NO! Start bustin heads back. Messing with my ride is the same as messing with me.

    Just Me said:
    February 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Shock, alarm, and dismay! Ghetto is as ghetto does, and Ford City is ghetto!

    guest said:
    February 23, 2013 at 9:16 PM


    Guest said:
    February 23, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    NO . Ford City Isn't GHETTO Because People Doesn't Even Shop There Anymore. That Mall Is Dead And It Should Be Out Of BUSINESS. Only Reason People Went There Is To See MINDLESS BEHAVIOR But All The TEENAGERS Ages 17 & Under Planned To Go To " FORD CITY MALL " On Today For An Big Riot And To Be Lacking Around And Start Mess And This May Be The Cause Of What Happen.

      jay said:
      February 24, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      Ford City is ghetto. Sorry but the truth hurts.

    jayson said:
    February 23, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    No description of the rioters… must be those Swedish exchange students from Stockholm causing havoc.

      jay said:
      February 24, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      They were all young, black, and in need of sterilization.

        pagan69 said:
        February 24, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        sounds good

    LIZ said:
    February 23, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    these ANIMALS dont know how to act….compose yourselves i really do hope your reading this because we all agree!!!!

    Truth& facts said:
    February 24, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Last time for the past few years I went ford city was packed with nothing but mexican’s and arab’s shopping but y’all say ghetto wait During World War II, ghettos were established by the Nazis to confine Jews and sometimes Gypsies into tightly packed areas of the cities of Eastern Europe

      bigdaddy said:
      February 24, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      you must be a complete dope.ghetto today means negro.

        Todd Pardee said:
        February 24, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        I think dope means different too!

    Alan said:
    February 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Why would anyone go anywhere there are mostly black folks? It happens time and time again some kind of disturbance, fight, stealing or someone is killed. It's pathetic, they see nothing wrong with that type of behavior, it seems to fun and part of their "culture". All you have to do is look at the crime infested areas that are predominately black. Who wants to live like that and around that? You can't even go to the lake front from 31st to 52nd st because there fights and disturbances all summer in those areas. Nothing's going to change because children of those people are being conditioned that that's how black folk live. What pathetic way for them to live…they have no chance of living a good life free violence and death by the hands of their own people….

      jay said:
      February 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      You are plain racist. Go read a book.

        Guest said:
        February 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        Not racist, only the hard truth. Try going to Cook county lock up and look at the faces you see. Go to the visiting areas and listen to how the families and mother speak and blame the police and the courts for their son's crimes. Calling everything we don't like to hear racist, will not make the things better.

      Facts said:
      February 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      I guess if it was white kid in the mal shooting up innocent people that would be ok or better yet in a movie theater and lets not forget the killings in schools. Whites are mass murderers, raptist, serial killers, molesters, embezzlers, kidnappers and last but not least, racisit. Like my wife always says, if it aint white, it ain't right!

        Carol said:
        February 25, 2013 at 9:29 AM


      Carol said:
      February 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      I disagree with your comment! I'm an African American 32 year old female. I have 2 Bachelors, currently in Law school and childless. So you can put all black people in one box, at lease we haven't been in the news for shooting everybody in grammar school, universities and malls….take a moment think about it!

    H H Bob said:
    February 24, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Hereis a good reason to fight theproposed restrictions on high capacity magazines.

    bigdaddy said:
    February 24, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    ghetto today means negro.

    You People SUCK said:
    February 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Horrifying RACISTS on this page.

      Steve said:
      February 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      What's racist about people saying that a group of blacks acted like a bunch of animals when it's a group of blacks that acted like a bunch of animals? That's called TELLING IT LIKE IT IS!

    See the truth said:
    February 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    My sister took her grandkids to see this group, they put the group in an empty store in the food court by the restrooms, then they were charging $20.00 per child to meet them and get a poster and their cd. Kids were pusing so they could even see them. Many throught they would sing, and they did not many of the kids did not have the money and some got upset about this. The group's next stop was at Chicago Ridge Mall where they would sing. None of this was reported by the news.

      Steve said:
      February 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      And that's a reason for these people to act like assholes? Come on! Just because you don't get what you want is NO REASON to start tearing up other peoples' property. That's some messed-up logic there.

      Todd Pardee said:
      February 24, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Well how they gonna make sum BANK if they play for free, the albums is free from copy them on the Internet, it costs a million bucks to put a tour together, these brothers just tryin to pay their bills by charging $20 meet and greets! All the bands do meet n greets now, but they tend to start at $250

    zeejk said:
    February 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    chimpanzees act better than that.

      Amy said:
      February 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      You mother is one of our good Chimpanzee too!

    Mariselda garza said:
    February 24, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    My daughter was only 10 years old and not there to see mindless behavior! We we’re just a family out shopping at the mall with our daughters! My daughter was hurt by chicago police not the flashmob! By a police officer in plain clothes! NEVER GOING TO FORDCITY MALL EVER AGAIN!

      Obama Sux said:
      February 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      darn, I guess you will have to shoplift at some other mall.

    Michael said:
    February 24, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Oh well just another day in the life of black culture…

      Chile, Please! said:
      February 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      No one in my family acts like that, phucktard.

      smitty said:
      February 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      It's funny that you make this statement Micheal should we pass off the next mass shooting such as columbine or Newton as just another day in white culture ignorance must be stooped or we all doomed

    I H8 CRACKS & JUKES said:
    February 24, 2013 at 9:49 AM


    westlawn/ashburn said:
    February 24, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I've lived in the Ford City neighborhood since the early 90's, and i'll be the first to say that it has change over the past decade. Wish i can say it has been all good change but obviously it's not. When it comes to gang banging m*tha f*ckers i can honestly say it has been moslty of my ethncity (hispanic/mexican) who have been doing the graffiti and all the other bullshit that comes with banging. I believe with some guidence and hard work, most of my folks can change for the best. On the other hand, when it comes to these ignorant, hard headed, ghetto, loud, obnoxious "african-americans" and their "i don't give a f*ck mentality", there is little to no hope for these pieces of shit. My hood has a lil ghetto in it but nothing compare to where you shits come from. So stay in your ghetto, unsalvageable neighborhood.

      steve said:
      February 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      You are the worst kind of ignorance the carnage that is taking place in your native country is unimaginable your choice of words speaks volumes about who you are as a person you somehow think you are part of the solution when in truth you have no understanding and don't even really matter with guidance love and understanding anyone can change there lot in life even the proud Mexican people who are killing each other at babaric levels in your ancestral lands.

    Guest said:
    February 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    And as usual there are large groups of black teens and no parents in sight. On the real. Why would any compatent parent allow their kids to see a band named, "Mindless Behavior" in the middle of the hood? Do we not watch the news? Do we not live in chicago? My God people, think! And the news should stop using code words like: Young people, Teens, WE all know it's the black kids again. What happend to truth in reporting?

    Rock said:
    February 24, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    CHicago is a Democratic Getto, no thinking just voting along racial and Party lines.
    They need to START VOTING THOSE WHO WILL RUN A City they can live in and raise their children.
    There is no future with schools run to benefit teachers and the union with no respect for those they are charged with educating. Time to leave Chicago and ILLINOIS behind!

    Mike Payne said:
    February 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    HEY FOLKS — I work in a store in the far out suburbs, if more than 2 of YOUR KIDS show up at 1 time — I will PROFILE and STEREOTYPE THEM — Call the Police (who are bored, and will be there in 30 seconds) — And let the Po-Po sort it out.

    If YOUR KIDS didn't act the way they do — YOUR KIDS wouldn't get "Profiled".

    clown bashin said:
    February 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    fuck yall bitchass niggaz mann joe ill slamdance yo fat walrus neck ass

      kid1339 said:
      February 24, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Say what .

    Chile, Please! said:
    February 24, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    I can't stand niggas. Ugh

      AMY said:
      February 25, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      But your granddaddy did years ago…

    Akuna Matata said:
    February 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    who cares really? it's all black people and i'm pretty sure it's other black people who got hurt – they're only hurting themselves

    ruger said:
    February 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    crazy black kids are ruining the city causing violence and robberies lock them up

    LoisLane22 said:
    February 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM


    You tell me this was a small group of kids out of control. There were hundreds!!! They were pounding on cars and throwing chairs through car windows, shaking squads, I guess the media thinks its no big deal that businesses were closed, police power from every department was used and people were terrorized. They should have called in the military!!! Say what you want…I dont want that type…white, black or PINK living next door to me. If that makes me a racist…then I guess I am….Train your Fu*king animals, People!!!!!

      LoisLane22 said:
      February 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      I especially liked the "Get His WHITE ASS" part. And we're the racists????

        LoisLane22 said:
        February 24, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        Channel 9…Grab this video and put it on the 9:00 news. But you won't…

    zone said:
    February 24, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Description of rioters not given here is same as left out of other main stream media news accounts of crimes.

    Obama Suxks said:
    February 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    See why we need guns! Need to protect ourselves from these Obama voters. Someone must have said they were going to take away Obamaphones so they rioted!

    Your Mother said:
    February 25, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    And people wonder why no one likes blacks.

    Guest said:
    February 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    These children were unsupervised and out of control, while the mall security was previously ill- equipped in light of the singing/dancing group. Personally I have never heard of this group or have any desire to visit a vestige of America's days of prominence in a decaying community with limited social and educational outlets and alternatives. This is Chicago: where all taxpayers and U.S. Citizens have a legal right to visit, congregate, etc… However, it is disappointing that the crowd was unable to truly support the group, financially or with another form of appreciation. But poor socio- economic conditions, inattentive parents and … helps people like these children cuff them selves.

    vps said:
    March 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    This blog is amazing. I realy like it

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