UPDATE: No arrests made, case closed on chairs being thrown during Black Friday shopping

Published: Nov. 25, 2016 at 6:49 AM EST
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"Police got calls that there was gunshots and I understand why they would've thought that because it was so loud and noisy," Heather Rowlison said.

Shoppers went to University Park Mall late Thursday night looking for some good deals. Instead, a few of them ended up dodging flying chairs.

A few troublemakers at UP Mall disrupted what was already a busy shopping night.

As for the fight itself, Mishawaka Police say there's nothing to see here.

Heather Rowlison is who you can thank for the video of what happened. She tells us it definitely wasn't what she was expecting on Black Friday, and rightfully so.

She says this wasn't a fight between a couple of people. Heather takes us through what she saw inside and outside the video.

"You didn't hear any yelling," Rowlison said. "All of a sudden you just hear metal clanging...Once the chairs started flying, people were scared...We were yelling 'Stop them! Stop them!' people were yelling 'Stop them!...I think there was more people yelling 'Stop them!' Than the people who were actually reacting, because, what do you do? You know? You don't know how dangerous the situation is."

That's why Rowlinson's thought was to get faces on camera.

"Smile!" She says in the video as one of the chair throwers runs by.

That way she could stay out of danger and still be able to help police if they needed it.

"I mean, if I were to try and apprehend this person what would I do afterwards? You know?" Rowlison said.

As far as she could tell, this wasn't a fight. This was something a little out of the ordinary.

"What it seemed to me was they were throwing them at each other?" Rowlison said. "But they were all together at the same time, so I don't know exactly what that was about."

She thinks it might have been a way for people to get away with stealing from startled people.

"I noticed one guy, who I got on camera walked past me. He was empty handed and smiling," Rowlison said. "And then all of a sudden, you see him running out the building and he's carrying these bags."

With no arrests made, it's still not sure exactly what happened inside the food court and what the reason for doing it was.

"I don't know if their intent was to cause just a ruckus or cause terror or to steal bags, but it definitely frightened a lot of people." Rowlison said.

For her and other Black Friday shoppers, that was enough excitement for one holiday.

"I think I'm going to stay away from Black Friday for the rest of the day and we'll see how next year goes."

After the video ended, she says four people from the group came running back in, but thankfully, nothing else happened throughout the night.


A fight broke out at a Mishawaka mall as shoppers kicked off their pre-Black Friday buys.

One witness captured the scary incident on camera. It happened at University Park Mall around 11:30 p.m.

Mishawaka Police dispatchers tell us two people were involved in the scuffle; but no one was hurt and no one arrested.

At one point - we received calls from concerned viewers about possible shots fired at the mall - but officers call it a false report.NewsCenter 16 has obtained another video showing a fight Thursday night at University Park Mall.

It happened at about 11:30 p.m., as people began pre-Black Friday shopping.

A spokeswoman for Simon Malls, the parent company of University Park Mall, said the company will not be releasing any information on the fight.

Meanwhile, Mishawaka police tell us that the case has been closed.