ORLANDO, Florida – Videos circulating on social media of a fight Sunday at Mall at Millenia which shows an individual brandishing a handgun will result in more charges, however, Orlando police have not said who has been charged or what charges they will face.
A spokesperson for the Orlando Police Department said officers responded to the mall near the Macy’s store at around 3:16pm. When officers arrived shoppers were fleeing out of the department store and told police they heard shots fired in Macy’s.
According to the police report, a Macy’s security officer told police he saw about 15 people running up the escalator and he pursued the group thinking they may be shoplifters.
The security guard said they saw an unknown male being “assaulted by the group.” The assailants were using mannequins and store property to hit the victim, causing about $6,800 in property damages.
Police said they found one victim who said he was battered by several males in a fight but was not shot. The victim declined to press charges and was taken to the hospital for his injuries.
Officers later determined no shots were ever fired during the incident.
Police later said a male suspect with a firearm was ultimately arrested in Sunday’s incident but authorities did not release the arrest report or what he was charged with.
Officers who responded also spoke with another person, who was with the victim. That individual had a Glock 44 handgun and was taken into custody.
According to police, the person with the gun said while he was at the mall, a group of people started staring at him. The group started to shout insults at him and threatened him and his friend.
The individual said one of the group members took off his shirt and he took that as a sign he wanted to fight, according to the report.
At this point, the individual grabbed the handgun out of his friend’s backpack.
The person told police he wasn’t going to shoot anyone but wanted to “scare them” saying it was 10 versus two people.
The handgun did not have a round in the chamber but did have a magazine with 10 rounds in it, according to the report.
Multiple witnesses spoke to police describing the incident.
“I saw one young man who appeared to be trying to get away, he ran away and went into a friend’s bookbag and pulled out a handgun. He then chased some others into the sneaker store,” a witness told police.
On Wednesday, police said detectives are now filing charges related to the event.
“New video evidence has surfaced on social media showing a chain of events inside the Mall at Millenia on Sunday, June 7, 2020,” a spokesperson said in an email. “Detectives are now filing appropriate charges in relation to this new evidence.”
While charges are pending, police did not release the names of the individuals or what penalties they face.