Saturday night flash mob takes over Jacksonville Wal-Mart

Posted: July 17, 2012 – 10:37am  By Dan Scanlan

A huge Saturday night house party broken up by police in a North Jacksonville subdivision ended with one man shot in the leg as he and hundreds of other partygoers fled the officers’ arrival.

But the party didn’t stop at the home in the 12000 block of Sampson Road, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Hundreds of its teenage partyers ignited a flash mob about 90 minutes later at the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 12100 Lem Turner Road. They took over the produce section and caused havoc that was recorded and posted on YouTube.

Officers were called just before 10 p.m. on a report of a “large house party,” calling in more units to provide crowd and traffic control, according to the police report. As police were clearing the scene, an officer was alerted to a gunshot victim at Shands Jacksonville who had been shot in the right leg as he was leaving the party.

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The 20-year-old Lem Turner Road resident told police he heard several gunshots as he reached Sampson and Percy roads, so he started running. He stumbled and fell, which is when he realized he had been shot. He said he didn’t see a gun or anyone who could have shot him since “the crowd of people was so large,” according to the report.

Officers at the scene as well as residents who live nearby didn’t report hearing any shots.

Several hundred people who left the “massive house party” moved on to the Wal-Mart about 11:20 p.m., and more shots were fired there, according to a second police report. Officers dispatched to the store found out that it had been mobbed, with produce being thrown.

Most of the crowd appeared to be teens on the YouTube video. The flash mob only lasts about three minutes on YouTube, but apparently lasted longer as people are seen riding in shopping carts, throwing items and mugging for the camera.

No identifiable Walmart employee is seen intervening during the video, which ends with at least one person yelling “Hey, let’s go to Wendy’s” in the parking lot.

Gunshots were apparently fired into the air outside the store, but no cars or people were hit, according to the police report.

A store security scanner at the front door was damaged.


By phoebe53 Posted in Crime

4 comments on “Saturday night flash mob takes over Jacksonville Wal-Mart

  1. If I owned these stores they would have panic buttons installed that would close the grates on the door and lock the little bastards in until the police arrived. Employees would have safe rooms to go to.

    I noticed also in every article I read that race was not mentioned. Hmmmmmmmm…

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