7 hurt when fight sparks panic at Roosevelt Field mall
A fight broke out at Roosevelt Field mall Monday evening, sparking panic among shoppers and causing injuries.
At least seven people were hospitalized with "bumps and bruises," according to Nassau police. One person had a laceration on their face.
A mall official says the fight began in the food court during the busy day-after-Christmas rush.
Investigators say they believe two to five people were involved in the fight, but it's unclear what it was about.
Panicked shoppers mistakenly thought shots had been fired. Police descended on the mall and gave the all-clear a short while later.
Nassau police say they received 70 calls reporting the incident.
The mall remained open for business, according to officials. It has since closed for the night but will open again Tuesday for normal business hours.
The day after Christmas is a busy day for retailers. Thousands of shoppers were at the mall returning and exchanging holiday gifts, officials say.