A fight in the food court of Westfield Annapolis Mall caused panic among Black Friday shoppers as rumors of a shooting — which police said were false — spread quickly on social media.
Those involved in the fight about 4 p.m. Friday overturned tables, causing a loud bang, said Lt. T.J. Smith, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department. He said people thought the noise was gunfire.
"There was glass breaking, along with this big boom, along with people scattering," Smith said.
Shoppers said on social media they were taking shelter amid rumors of a shooting at the center. But police quickly determined that no shots had been fired.
Some people in the food court were detained when officers arrived, but police determined they were victims in the altercation, Smith said.