Large brawl prompts mall to close early

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Hamilton Mall is seen in this Google Street View image. Hamilton Mall is seen in this Google Street View image.

MAYS LANDING (AP) - Authorities say a large brawl prompted a New Jersey mall to close an hour early on Saturday.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that an incident involving teenagers outside the Hamilton Mall and a fight between two females inside had occurred a few hours earlier Saturday.

Then, around 8 p.m. Saturday, a fight started in the food court and chairs and debris were thrown as officers were trying to escort multiple groups of juveniles out. After that, several fights broke out.

Five juvenile males and two adult males were arrested on disorderly conduct charges. A Hamilton Township police supervisor was assaulted and left with minor injuries.

Mall spokeswoman Crystal Rodriguez said there was no damage to the mall or any of its stores. The mall reopened as scheduled Sunday morning.

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