900 Teens Storm Florida Mall, Robbing, Shooting at, and Assaulting Moviegoers

Chaos erupted over the weekend as an estimated 900 teenagers stormed a Florida Mall robbing people, assaulting moviegoers, and even shooting into the crowd.

The chaos happened on Valentine’s Day at a movie theater in West Oaks Mall in Ocoee, Florida. An estimated 900 teenagers stormed the theater, as hundreds outside the mall intimidated those trying to enjoy their weekend. Approximately 200 of the teens made it inside before security rushed to lock down the building, which witnesses say only made matters worse, because they were then locked in the theater with the violent teens.

According to people on the scene, the thugs that were locked outside began to fight and harass innocent people who were waiting to get into the theater.

911 Calls from Trapped Moviegoers

Police in Orange County are still trying to determine whether the chaos was organized by an individual or group of people. Police from four area departments had to be called in to get the situation under control.

Several fights broke out in the building as police tried to remove the teens from the theater. Once outside, there were reports of gunshots being fired into the air, and at least one teen was arrested on gun charges.

“At that point, since we’re dealing with 800 to 900 juveniles, they called for assistance from surrounding agencies,” said Lt. Paul Hopkins, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. “We all formed together and were successfully able to get all these kids out of the mall area.”

But once the theater was locked down, another 40 kids broke off from the main group and stormed a local gas station. According to Ocoee Police, they stole as much as they could carry.

Lt. Paul Hopkins, a spokesman with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, told the West Orange Times and Observer that “Our main concern is this: These are middle- to high-school kids who have guns, who are shooting guns, who are robbing people, driving stolen cars, and they have drugs in their car.”

What can be Done to Protect Yourself from These Mobs?

This is one of the threats I talk about in The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World. These types of events are becoming increasingly common, and when they happen they can overtake an area in a matter of seconds. You usually don’t have a lot of time to respond, so you need to be alert and have a plan in place.

Stay aware of your surroundings at all times.  If you get the slightest feeling that something may be wrong, you need to listen to your instincts and get the hell out.

Keep an eye on the crowd. If you notice an abnormal increase in the number of people in your area, this could be the first sign that something isn’t right. Immediately scan the area, look for exits, and try to get a feel for what types of people are walking around.

Beat them at their own game. Although these riots often seem to pop up out of nowhere, they are often heavily promoted or talked about on sites like Twitter and Facebook. You don’t get 900 thugs showing up at the same time by chance. If you plan on going to a mall, a theater, or any public venue that may be targeted by these thugs, jump on Twitter and type in the name of your destination. It only takes a couple of seconds of your time, but those couple of seconds can warn you to any impending dangers.

So what happens if you find yourself in the middle of a full-blown riot?

Have an Exit Strategy. Whenever I go into a building, the first thing I do is quickly scan the area. I make sure that I have a pretty good sense of where the exits are, and I always have a plan for when things go bad. If you failed to look for the buildings exits upon arrival, quickly scan the area to see if you can make a quick getaway. If you’re near an exit, get out as fast as possible.

You don’t see an Exit, now what? If you were not able to make a quick exit, the next thing you want to do is try to blend in. By blending into the chaos, and not drawing attention to yourself, you will be less likely to become a target. But remember, your number one goal is to keep looking for the quickest possible escape route. As soon as you find it, get out.

Go with the flow – Think of the mob as a large raging river. The best way to get out of a river is to swim with the current and slowly make your way to the edge. The same thing applies in this situation. The last thing you want to do is to yell, scream, cut through the crowd, or draw any unwanted attention onto yourself. Stay Calm, go with the flow, and work your way to the edge. Then quietly slip away to safety.

34 Comments

  1. Seriously ! People had better realize that Chaos and Crime are accepted as the norm by the youth of today… They have no respect for life or property .. My advice is NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE … BE VIGILLANT!!!!! If trapped and have been identified as a target … Become the Alpha Predator and ATTACK w/no remorse…Treat them like the Sub-Humans they are.

    • I think you used delicate terminology in describing the miscreants of this story as the “youth of today.” Completely understandable. Don’t allow them the opportunity to score even one.

      • well, when you run out of ammo, then you’ve got +100 people ready to scalp your ass.

        save your bullets for the ones that are in the way. Stay low, and get out.

    • What I don’t understand is why there was only 1 arrest out of 800-900 teens?? WHAT THE HELL IS THAT ABOUT?? And they let 40 of those out of control brats clean a store out and what they sent them home?? THAT ALSO SAYS A LOT ABOUT WHY THESE OUT OF CONTROL BRATS ARE THIS WAY CUZ THEY GET TO JUST GO HOME!!! BACK IN MY DAY WOULDN’T HAVE EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT SOME SHIT LIKE THAT WOULD HAVE GOT OUR ASSES WHIPPED, ARRESTED, AND GROUNDED FOR LIFE!! Something needs to be done not only about these disrepectful shits but their parents and law enforcement as well!!
      I’m with you guys I’d knocked as many of them on theirs asses as I could and gotten the adults out of there locked them in and let the police deal with them… But unfortunately the way our society is we would be arrested before they would!!! How backwards is that???

    • All too right. This is but one example of the destruction of the fabric of society, and the lack of respect for authority. That idiot police chief(?) is part of the problem with his asinine apologist attitude. Crime is crime whether committed at 17 or 57.

  2. In Iraq, anyone possessing a weapon who is viewed as a threat, is taken out to protect the lives of fellow Americans. Unfortunately, some are minors who are shot yielding weapons but that’s how it is. Here in America, if there is a mob of people, and this includes teens who are wielding guns, they will be getting the wrong end of my gun. You parents better start disciplining your kids before they get hurt or killed. They are easily coerced and impressionable into doing stupid stuff just because the rest of their idiot friends are also doing it. These things did not happen decades ago, and beyond. The parents raised them right. Now look at these kids. Out of control and the parents are really the ones to blame. Don’t make excuses for their behavior. Own it and fix it. I’m tired of these punk kids ruining this country.You better fix it, or someone else will.

    • I absolutely agree with that. Kids now in days have to many excuses (diagnosis) for bad behavior. Kids will always want to get away with anything they can get away with. I’m hoping most of those kids if not all get a good asswhooping or get sent to some kind of military school to get a good old fashion disciplinary lesson in respect.

    • i dunno what AO you were in, but just because somebody in Iraq had a gun doesnt mean they were shot- jus like Americans, theyre allowed to carry guns for self defense. that being said, obviously if they had intentions to shoot you that would Be considered proper escalation of force according to ROE, but just because a kid owns a gun in America doesnt mean he needs to be shot.

  3. I live in the next town over from where this happened and this is the norm today. There is at least one shooting or stabbing almost every night here. home invasions are becoming the norm, mostly one by young adults and teens. They try to not talk about it too much, due to the area being such a large tourist area with Disney and Universal, but have started crime task forces in Orlando to try and curb the armed robberies against tourists and the hotels they stay in. There is a huge concern about letting too much of this type of info out and effecting the tourist trade. It is a great place to bring the kids for vacation, but keep this in mind if you come to Orlando and be on your guard at all times.

    • is Florida, Orlando and the surrounding suburbs pro open carry? cause I was thinking of taking the little one to see mickey, and the princess castle. but something tells me Disney World might not appreciate it..

      • No open carry in Florida, but concealed permit easy to get. You can not carry at any of the theme parks though and they do check everyone at the entrances. One of the nice things about Florida is that they have reciprocity agreements with around 27 other states, so check the list from your state and Florida if you are coming here. Personally, I wouldn’t walk down the street in Orlando without my weapon. Especially the International Drive tourist area. They have started targeting tourists big time.

        • And another armed home invasion last night in Orlando. Two armed men busted into a house with two women and four children, held them at gun point and robbed them.

  4. When the crowd is “dark skinned” and wild, and YOU are white, then your only hope is “more ammo”. How do I know this? I’m from Detroit & I am WHITE. I’ve seen how this works.
    Shoot first & shoot OFTEN, then get away and never admit to being there.

    • You are not kidding, my friend. East side of St Paul taught me the same lessons. PC or not, I do not care. Observations are just that, and nothing more.

    • Im from Detroit and I tell people this all the time. I see it sweeping across the country now. I travel alot and I see it everywhere.

  5. Thats the sad thing parents give their kids ipads instead of a beating. STOP being your child’s friend and be their parent. Your kid will end up being at the end of a pistol if it comes down to taking your kid out to protect mine it won’t end well for your family. You have 2 main jobs as a parent 1 protect them and teach them how to act and respect everyone around them. If more parents raised their kids like my mother did there wouldn’t be as much violence and hate in this world. Yes you are 80% to blame for how your child acts and treats people I know no one likes to admit that but that’s how it is

  6. They’re not just teens. They’re black thugs. Stop being politically correct. The problem is black parents teaching their children that actions like this is okay while glorifying a gang and violent lifestyle. Black parents need to raise their children right.

  7. …when 5 or 10 of them are left lifeless on the theater floor, then Al Sharpton and his ilk will take notice, and they will have die ins. But if you don’t know how to live in civilized society there are only 2 places for you, in a cage or in a box.

  8. Our president needs to step up and take action, this is unacceptable. Not everyone can be a people pleaser, do what’s right for america obama! Stop this domestic terrorism by force if needed! Your actions as of now are a disgrace to this country that I love!

  9. OK how can 900 teens organize enough to storm a mall in force without someone knowing about it. There was not one teen blabbing about how cool it will be or asking what is the first thing you are going to loot in front of anyone? Is homeland security only there to compromise our rights as citizens? Or was it that the police did not want to risk get on the news again hurting a teen so the rest of us suffer?

    • Best line of this whole dialogue! “Is homeland security only there to compromise our rights as citizens?” Home Land Security…. can they tackle violence in our streets?

  10. I don’t understand why whites, latinos, asians, & other non-negros are on here typing & not out there doing something about it. As you can see, THOSE KIDS were THUGS. Thats why they didn’t get shot by a so-called patriotic, fed-up white or other non- negro because you know when you shoot at thugs, THUGS have a tendency of SHOOTING BACK LOL. Trayvon was minding his own business & got killed because he WASNT a thug. LOL So get off the keyboard & bring that shit. Lets gets this shit over with

    • have to agree, Trayvon was minding his own business. he got killed by a cowardly ‘wanna be’ vigilante who was went for his gun after getting his deserved ass whipping…. for the record, i’m am a white liberal gun owner who carries everywhere, everyday!

  11. Been to Africa lived in Chicago lived in Atlanta lived in New Orleans lived in Nashville they have military weapons in Africa which isn’t a leap of faith in saying we are at WAR

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