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Chicago mall opens after melee

Ford City Mall is open again after a melee that ended with two people injured and 19 teens arrested.

It happened Saturday evening after a promotional appearance by the hip-hop boy band Mindless Behavior.

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Ford City Mall is open again after a melee that ended with two people injured and 19 teens arrested.

It happened Saturday evening after a promotional appearance by the hip-hop boy band Mindless Behavior. About 1,000 parents and children, mostly girls accompanied by their mothers, showed up for the autograph session.

After the session, several teens started running and yelling through the mall. Police closed the mall and the disturbance continued in the parking lot.

One teen is charged with battery, another with criminal trespassing. Seventeen are charged with mob action.

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.”

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