A fight broke out at a Florida shopping center on Sunday afternoon, and a mom pushing a stroller containing a baby willingly joined the brawl, WKRN reported.
During a busy afternoon of holiday shopping at the Edison Mall in Fort Myers, bystanders filmed a group of people punching and kicking each other. In the video, a woman pushing a stroller containing a toddler joins the fight with a high kick to another woman’s head.
At this point in the video, the woman appears to haphazardly leave the baby off to the side as she runs into the melee.
Fort Myers Police said they were called to the scene at 4:30 PM, but by the time they had arrived, the fight had broken up. But soon, they returned to the mall again.
"Upon arrival, the incident had already dissipated and police did not find a confrontation going on," Fort Myers Police Department Captain Jay Rodriguez told the News-Press. "Approximately two hours later, police were called back to the mall in reference to apparent injuries that occurred previously and spoke to complainants.”
The victims said they had been attacked by people who believed they had been involved in the shooting death of a man named Samuel Jones in Lehigh Acres.
“His blood is on your hands,” one of the aggressors allegedly said, referring to 22-year-old Jones, who had been killed in a double homicide inside a home on Friday. Those deaths are still under investigation, according to Fort Myers police.
The victims, both women, said they were punched, spat upon and had their hair pulled, reported WKRN. Both said they wanted to press charges against their alleged attackers, who are apparently six suspects the police report did not name.
WKRN called the mall’s general manager, Rubern Irizarry, who offered no comment on the weekend’s scuffle.
The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the woman pushing the stroller, Fox 4 reported. The agency said it has not had any prior incidents with the mom.