February 22, 2024
Torrance police Sgt. Ron Salary said at least one shot was fired but no injuries to the juveniles or the officers who scattered the crowd were reported. He said police have not determined why so many juveniles showed up or why they fought.

Police officers on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 27, broke up a fight among an estimated 1,000 juveniles at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance.

Torrance police Sgt. Ron Salary said at least one shot was fired but no injuries to the juveniles or the officers who scattered the crowd were reported. He said police have not determined why so many juveniles showed up or why they fought.

Police from Torrance and other agencies were called to the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance on Sunday after a large fight involving juveniles. (Photo by Raphael Richardson/Contributing photographer)

A group of officers walk past a BJ’s restaurant after several large fights broke out at Del Amo Mall in Torrance on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023. (Photo by Raphael Richardson, Contributing Photographer)

A large police presence is seen at Del Amo Mall after several large fights broke out in Torrance on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023. (Photo by Raphael Richardson, Contributing Photographer)

People leave the mall after it was shut down due to several fights breaking out at Del Amo Mall in Torrance on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023. (Photo by Raphael Richardson, Contributing Photographer)

People evacuate Del Amo Mall after it was shut down from several fights that broke out in Torrance on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023. (Photo by Raphael Richardson, Contributing Photographer)

A large police presence is seen in front of the outdoor shopping section at Del Amo Mall after several large fights broke out in Torrance on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023. (Photo by Raphael Richardson, Contributing Photographer)

People evacuate Del Amo Mall after it was shut down from several fights that broke out in Torrance on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023. (Photo by Raphael Richardson, Contributing Photographer)

Two police officers walk to their car after several large fights broke out at Del Amo Mall in Torrance on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023. (Photo by Raphael Richardson, Contributing Photographer)

A Torrance Police officer walks across an empty parking lot after several fights broke out across Del Amo Mall in Torrance on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023. (Photo by Raphael Richardson, Contributing Photographer)

Dozens of officers from across Los Angeles responded to a large disturbance at Del Amo Mall in Torrance on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023. (Photo by Raphael Richardson, Contributing Photographer)

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Police were called to the mall at about 4 p.m. because the juveniles were fighting among themselves. While officers were en route, they learned that one witness reported that someone had fired a gun.

Because of the size of the crowd, Torrance police asked for assistance from nearby agencies. Among those assisting were officers with the Gardena, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and Los Angeles police departments as well as Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies.

The surrounding businesses were not evacuated, but juveniles were removed from them, Salary said.

Police were still at the mall at 7:30 p.m. By around that time, no arrests had been reported but police were still removing juveniles from the area.

Restaurants at the mall closed early.

Police cleared the scene by 9:20 p.m., the city said on social media.

City News Service contributed to this story.

#Breaking: Brawl draws massive police presence at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance. https://t.co/ox4SDEGIQK

— KCAL News (@kcalnews) August 28, 2023

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