Reports of sizable groups of people fighting inside and outside Sun Valley Mall in Concord prompted a heavy police response and eventual closure of the shopping center.
Officers responded to the Red Robin restaurant location around 5:10 p.m. after getting reports of a group of between 20 to 25 people fighting outside. Police formed a skirmish line and were apparently able to push that group away from the center.
Reports of fighting inside the mall eventually forced shop owners to close their businesses and police and security personnel to make it official, declaring the mall closed and gently moving patrons outside to their cars.
It was not immediately known how many people were inside the mall when the fights broke out, who was fighting or why, or if any injuries were reported.
Emails sent to this site after it reported the fighting and closure lay the blame for the incident on a variety of positions, groups, and political interests – all of which we are ignoring until firsthand accounts can be verified.