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Police: YouTube star's appearance at Southcenter Mall sparks stampede, fears of shooting

TUKWILA, Wash. – Police officers swarmed Tukwila's Southcenter Mall Saturday evening after a large group of teens and young adults started running for the exits, prompting fears that a shooting or some other dangerous event was under way. No shots were fired and no one was hurt. Instead, Tukwila Police are investigating whether a self-proclaimed against YouTube is responsible for inviting the mob or teens to start the chaos Detectives believe the Youuber invited his followers to the mall on social media. Created a sense of panic. "A large group fled out of doors all at the same time causing alarm to passerby's and employees," Tukwila Police wrote on Facebook. "The group has dispersed." Some stores closed their gates when they saw the large group of kids running, police said. "A large group of people just started running towards us screaming trying to exit the mall so we just ran with them and stood outside the restaurant and waited to find out what was going on, "Bryce West said. "There was a lot of people outside saying they had seen someone pull out, but people were responding as if there was a gun threat." Making matters worse, some parents were on Tukwila Police's Facebook page claiming that some of the kids were yelling there was a shooter. Tukwila police responded on one post "yes kids causing panic. That is why we had the large police presence until we could figure out what was going on." Police say the YouTuber did…

TUKWILA, Wash. – Police officers swarmed Tukwila’s Southcenter Mall Saturday evening after a large group of teens and young adults started running for the exits, prompting fears that a shooting or some other dangerous event was under way.

No shots were fired and no one was hurt.

Instead, Tukwila Police are investigating whether a self-proclaimed against YouTube is responsible for inviting the mob or teens to start the chaos

Detectives believe the Youuber invited his followers to the mall on social media. Created a sense of panic.

“A large group fled out of doors all at the same time causing alarm to passerby’s and employees,” Tukwila Police wrote on Facebook. “The group has dispersed.”

Some stores closed their gates when they saw the large group of kids running, police said.

“A large group of people just started running towards us screaming trying to exit the mall so we just ran with them and stood outside the restaurant and waited to find out what was going on, “Bryce West said. “There was a lot of people outside saying they had seen someone pull out, but people were responding as if there was a gun threat.”

Making matters worse, some parents were on Tukwila Police’s Facebook page claiming that some of the kids were yelling there was a shooter. Tukwila police responded on one post “yes kids causing panic. That is why we had the large police presence until we could figure out what was going on.” Police say the YouTuber did not have a permit for an event or ask permission from the mall. If the investigators determine the panic, then the charges could be filed.

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