Thousands of Teenage Thugs Takeover & Shut Down Kentucky Mall

A mall in Louisville, Ky became a frightening scene for holiday shoppers after thousands of teenage criminals flooded the mall causing multiple disturbances and fights.

In what local reporters are calling a near riot situation, as many as 2,000 teenagers showed up at Mall St. Matthews in Louisville, Ky in what looks to be a coordinated attempt to create chaos and force a confrontation with police.

A 40-minute police scanner clip recorded and uploaded to Minnesota Police Clips and authenticated by the St. Matthews Police Department on Sunday captures the chaos officers were dealing with: multiple fights, loitering, vandalism, reports of shots fired, and hundreds of juveniles refusing to leave the mall.

Officer Dennis McDonald, a spokesman with the St. Matthews Police Department, told reporters “Once this starts happening, kind of a mob mentality takes over and it starts feeding on itself.” … “That’s clearly what happened last night. We’re still looking into whether or not some of this was pre-planned, whether there was a gang element involved.”

According to WDRB, who interviewed witnesses on the scene, police began receiving multiple calls of shots being fired, people being attacked, and stores being overrun by teenagers who were involved in fights and vandalism of mall property.

Kaylee Mitchell who was shopping when the disturbances broke out told local reporters, “I was waiting on my dad because a couple of minutes before they closed the doors of the store I was in and they asked us (customers) to leave,” she said. “At first I just saw a few people running, so I started to record the video on my phone until I saw everyone start to rush towards the nearest door. I was in front of Dillard’s. I ran in and everyone else did too, even employees.”

Mitchell said it was the “scariest moment she’s ever had.”

“After it calmed, I asked a few people and they all told me they heard someone yelling that there was a gun,” she said.

Instead of actually doing their job and arresting these teenagers,the St. Matthews Police Department apparently choose political correctness over public safety and decided not to arrest a single person involved in the incidents. Officer Dennis McDonald told reporters that in an effort to resolve the situation, officers focused on dispersing crowds and getting people home safely instead of arresting individuals.

This is something you need to be prepared for.

We’ve covered these types of flash mob events in the past, something the mainstream media refuses to do since it’s apparently politically incorrect to show a bunch of inner-city thugs yet again creating chaos.

It starts with Situational Awareness: The only way you can really protect yourself from these types of events, especially the ones that turn to violence, is to be extremely aware of your surroundings.

  • Realize these attacks can happen anywhere, even at places that you’ve visited thousands of times in the past. These type of criminals like to attacks malls and large events so you must stay aware of your surroundings at all times, even in areas where you routinely visit.
  • Put down the cellphone and pay attention to your environment. It’s hard to know what’s going on around you if you have your head buried in an electronic device.
  • Trust your instincts: If something doesn’t seem right, pay attention to your gut feelings and get out.

Watch out for large groups. If you notice an abnormal increase in the number of people in your area, this is probably the first sign that something is about to happen.

Study the art of Self Defense, and always carry Protection: It’s extremely important to learn how to defend yourself when facing multiple attackers. It’s also important to learn how to defend yourself with a firearm. These events often turn violent and attacks often come from more than one individual.

Check out our article on How to survive a Riot. From the riots and looting in Baltimore and Ferguson, to a rash in flash mob attacks at malls and shopping centers throughout the United States, the world seems to have reached a boiling point where one little spark can cause things to go bad pretty quickly. You need to be aware that these things can happen quick, and you need to have a plan of action for how to escape the chaos.


  1. Dindu Nuffin
    December 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    This country is falling apart at the seams. I stopped going to these hellholes years ago, but I have seen this spread to grocery stores in my town. Place right down the street has had 3 smaller scale outbreaks in the last year.

  2. Doug
    December 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    And this is why I am a prepper, because idiot liberals have allowed criminal thugs and the mentally ill to take over this country.

    • Momma
      December 27, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      One of the reasons I have really started getting serious about this. Ever since them people rioted and the police stood there and let them I have doubled my efforts to stock things away for what’s coming.

  3. IAM
    December 27, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Yes, please, further encourage people getting up in arms. The answer to guns is clearly more guns…

    This article, quite literally, suggests carrying weapons to fend off groups of children. Our children. I find this to be rather of an unacceptable nature. How about malls just hire security instead / install riot control measures. I’d rather have my child pelted with rubber bits than potentially shot and killed by a scared consumer.

    • OFFGRID Logo
      Off Grid Survival
      December 27, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      These aren’t children. They are teenage criminals who are out to hurt people. You want to leave your house defenseless have at it, but if you think these thugs are going to give to seconds of thought to your anti-gun ideology they won’t. In fact, they target people like you because they know you are unarmed.

      And yes, the answer to stopping this crap is more good guys with guns.

      • Tim
        December 28, 2015 at 10:37 am

        Going to have to totally disagree with that. Just imagine the scenario, this happens and lets say about 10% of the adults have guns and are willing to use them. What do you think would happen? Really, have you thought about it at all.

        This isn’t some mass killer, not a bunch of gunmen, not terrorist out to kill people. Are they really criminals just for being there? A black kid is holding a bag and running. Will you shoot a 14 yo girl just because you think she’s a criminal? Oh, it’s OK, if it’s an 18 yo black boy, right?

        You’d be there and you’d be helpless to do anything except protect yourself, which is why we carry. We don’t carry to enforce vigilante justice, we carry to protect. And if what’s being stolen isn’t yours and nobody is getting in your face, then you gotta step back, and yeah, let it run its course without contributing to more violence.

        No OGS, you would not have prevented it and a hundred of you would not have prevented it. There are some things even guns can’t stop.

        • OFFGRID Logo
          Off Grid Survival
          December 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm

          Actually the reason stuff like this happens at malls and theaters is because the criminals/gang members know there is no one there that can stop them. Hell even the security in these places is prevented from carrying a gun.

          But it goes much further than simply carrying a gun, it also gets down to the fact that these people aren’t scared of the consequences — because there are usually none to have to worry about.

          MY comment wasn’t about going all John Wayne and pulling out a gun in the middle of the mall, it was more to the fact that if criminals were worried that people might be armed they would be less likely to attack innocent victims or to go rampaging through someones store.

        • Al metcalf
          December 29, 2015 at 6:33 am

          Yes, they should have been shot. Shoot them all. So, you are ok with thugs robbing and terrorizing society? Sorry, you are just a leftist pretending to be for gun rights. Crawl back to your hole dumba&$. The problem is society is always full of brainwashed idiots like you and when you wake up it is always too late. These niggers ( and I use that term for low life blacks, not all blacks so get over it. BLACKS were the ones that taught me to think like that by the way) are out to get whitey. They have admited it, they are planning it. It is slowly escalting and someday you’ll look back and say, we should have just shot them. There is a war on whites right now but you apparently are too stupid to understand that. And there were shots fired by the way. So wasnt just some kids having fun. I for one would have not hesitated if I was there with my kids and saw a large group of thugs running towards me. I would have opened fired. And guess what, those thugs would have run the other way. Hopefully toward you.

        • John edwards
          December 29, 2015 at 8:03 am

          so when these kids smash you car windows in with your children in the car screaming all hatefull profanity and threatning to kill you
          I guess they are just harmless kids.
          Im been in military lawenforcement and now ems. Ive seen what a mob on harmless children will do to people when in a riot mentality.
          Color gender religion have nothing to do with it. Violence doesnt care about your political views.
          I understand why the police did what they did safety first even for the criminals.
          Be glad you live in this great country.
          This would of been handled very different in some countries where i served.

          • Rob In HoodEnter your name...
            December 31, 2015 at 4:52 pm

            Thank you for your service.
            Your comment might be taken more seriously if you would use punctuation and indicate contractions with an apostrophe….

          • Old Muzzlerloader
            January 6, 2016 at 1:41 am

            @ Rob In HoodEnter your name..Great the grammar police are here! Your comment might have been taken more seriously too,if you had just (Rob in Hood) without (Enter your name) in it!! LOL

          • Worcester County
            January 22, 2016 at 12:23 pm

            At church one time some shady weirdo was there. My mom, my friends mom, and my friends dad(the pastor) were talking about something blah blah blah…

            He asked if they would shoot somebody who came into there house…blah blah blah…kids…mother…

            They all said at once without thinking

            “He’s in my HOUSE!”

    • Paul
      December 27, 2015 at 10:58 pm

      If your “children” are vandalizing and mobbing a store they deserve whatever happens and YOU are part of the problem. Teach your kids to respect others and they will live to be old and oblivious like other liberals.

      • Momma
        December 27, 2015 at 11:45 pm

        Darn right. Bunch of little bastards that were never taught respect. Whole darn country full of them. I don’t even like going to the store anymore because these people have no regard for other people.

      • Karen
        December 28, 2015 at 3:14 am

        “Spare the to and spoil the child” . . Now I’m not saying beat your kids, but our generation would never have dreamed of pulling this crap because we didn’t want to have to face our parents afterwards!!!
        So, yes, I am saying this is entirely the parents’ fault and every parent of every teen involved should be embarrassed at how they raised their families!!!!

    • Bill
      December 28, 2015 at 5:40 am

      Dear IAM,
      You have seem to understand that when you allow pepole to do anything, they will do anything. There are few if any consequences for bad behavior today. I was treated badly because I’m black, gay, white, latino or whatever. Growing up in the south, I would not dream of doing this kind of sh*t. My father would have beat my ass for even thinking about doing this bs.

      These ” childern” as you call them know what they are doing is wrong. They are depending on their age to keep them from the consequences of their actions.

      • alabamanative
        December 28, 2015 at 9:37 am

        True. You hit the nail on the head. I grew up in an old southern neiborhood. We children respected the laws and were taught by not only our parents but our neibors. Of course the neiborhood has gone to shit today and the “law” cannot be trusted. It a shame what the country is coming too.

        • SNIPER
          December 31, 2015 at 4:33 pm

          Dang,,we grew up in the same nieborhood.

    • Moman
      December 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

      these kids are not MY children, they are also probably not YOUR children. they are somebodies child however, and those somebodies are obviously perfectly SHITTY parents.

      These kids are only going to learnt he hard way the consequences to their actions, and it is unfortunate, but should a few die so the rest be spared by harsh reality of life, and that this shit can and WILL get you killed. so be it. a few for the many as you say.

      • Enter your name...joecardio
        December 29, 2015 at 3:15 am

        The military calls it “collateral damage”. Yes a few maybe hurt but it will help to protect the cause or greater good. People live in fear because of a small number of knuckleheads. Once some of them start getting shot by scared citizens or police, or get a beating by bystanders who won’t take this bullshit any more, There maybe a shift in the paradigm, thought process or behavior. Clint Eastwood once said, “Nothing like a good piece of hickory”

    • Kay
      December 28, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Why not punish the parent for their child’s involvement, maybe then they will show more discipline at home instead of letting them run wild. My ass was spanked and so was my children it time parents took responsibility for their children’s action. I bet we would have better kids in this world. I didn’t say abuse them, I said discipline them. Parents need to take responsibility for them.if they have to show up in court pay fines they may just decide to bust some asses.

      • SNIPER
        December 31, 2015 at 4:37 pm

        When i was a kid, i broke a store window with a ball,,,total accident, but i worked for free for two weeks after school paying to replace the glass,,,,,didn’t bitch just part of growing up.

    • RealistEnter your name...
      December 28, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      If they are your children, you lack parenting skills and discipline. This isnt appropriate behavior at any age. Parents scared to say no to their children. And we wonder why society is falling apart and going to hell.

    • SNIPEREnter your name...
      December 31, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Then keep your kid at home,, if he acts like theese so called kids.

    • Old Muzzlerloader
      January 6, 2016 at 1:52 am

      @ IAM Did anyone get what IAM wrote here? ( I’d rather have my child pelted with rubber bits than potentially shot and killed by a scared consumer.) Your child ? So your saying your child could do something like this and your only worryed they may get hurt

    • Old Muzzlerloader
      January 6, 2016 at 2:04 am

      @ IAM Did anyone get this? IAM wrote ( I’d rather have my child pelted with rubber bits than potentially shot and killed by a scared consumer) So you have a child that would or may do this! Tell us what riot control measures they should have taken to protect your BRAT from the mean shoppers! You have all the makings of a left wing nut!!!

    • Wayne Harmon
      December 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      IAM, Genius, let’s give our darling children juice boxes and Play-Doh and see if that stops them. The problem is that they are not afraid of your security guards with toy guns and rubber bullets. The police should have locked up as many as possible, with substantial bail and throw the book at them. Sensible gun protection is warranted. People’s lives, liberty and property must be protected from those who would rob them.

  4. Pam Smith
    December 28, 2015 at 5:28 am

    This is part of Obama’s plan. Once he is gone, I think it will b open season on thugs! They better be careful what they wish for!

  5. windmillwilly
    December 28, 2015 at 6:40 am

    the only thing more scary than these children in the malls is them in a voting booth.Its a sad thing we have a nation of childern with some enabling mom telling them they are gods gift to the world.

    the time is coming when they wont be answering to mommy.its time to grow up,

  6. Illini Warrior
    December 28, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Back in 2009 – 3,000 ghetto thugs invaded the Ford City Mall complex – in Far West Chicago (Midway Airport) …. busted up all the outlying stores & restaurants and trashed 200 cars in the parking lots …

    Only stopped by the cops when they stopped traffic on a 6 lane hiway and headed toward the airport ….

    Arrested 0 …. reports on the local media “minor disturbance by 7 teenagers” …

  7. Steve
    December 28, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I’ve worked in large crowd mayhem.
    The cops weren’t falling to do anything.
    When I did that work, our orders were simple.
    Unless it was a serious crime.
    Just get them out.
    No arrests for shoplifting, or underage with alcohol, our disturbing, or vandalism(unless it was big) just confiscate stolen, alcohol, and weapons, then chuck them out the nearest door.
    Opening the door first was at our discretion.

    When you have a mall like that.
    With a thousand or more in it.
    And a few hundred thousand outside. In the area around. You don’t arrest unless it’s big.

    As for comments about thugs like this are all Obama’s fault and it will be open session on them when he’s out…
    What are you stupid?
    Obama has been in for less than 8 years.
    We’re those thugs 8 years old?
    They are the product of the last 45 years of wussing down of society.
    Can’t discipline in any way, every child is good gift to the world, and can do no wrong. Teachers get in trouble for giving bad grades.
    Boy scouts, sports, school, play, work, even the military.
    Kids are so bubble wrapped they grow up thinking there are no consequences for anything they do.

    And when some little POS gets shot committing a crime.
    The family wines that it’s not safe to be a criminal anymore.

    And you think that’s Obama’s fault?
    Ha., try more like it’s been going on since the 60s
    It’s not his fault, and him getting out isn’t going to change a danged thing.

    • Moman
      December 28, 2015 at 9:26 am

      uhm.. a message to the family that whines it is not safe to be a criminal….

      when was it EVER safe? rob a cops house your dead, rob the house of a guy who can kick your ass and kill you, your probably dead.. or wishing you where…

      rob a house of a medieval weapons and armor collector.. dead..

      I mean seriously.. when has it ever been safe? and WHY SHOULD IT EVER BE? it should NEVER be safe, a message through action to other would be criminals.

      my child is not god’s gift to the world, just god’s gift to me and my wife. can she change the world? possibly, but she has to survive it first.

  8. Tim
    December 28, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I think there’s some serious misunderstanding as to what is happening here. Thugs, criminals, not kids? BS.

    I won’t argue about breaking the law, but what I see is pretty clear to me a spontaneous outburst of racial tension.

    Why are they all black and the people enjoying the mall “apparently” all white? If you’re not thinking about that, then you’re not thinking about this in too much depth.

    On top of that, look at these people. Do you see any pants around their ass? Do you see guns and bling? Do you see any gang anything? No.

    In fact, you see almost as many female as male, you see clean cut “kids”, and you know, you’d be calling them kids if they were just walking around minding their own business. But you think because they’re breaking the law that somehow they’ve all magically grown up? BS again.

    If these people are under 18, they are minors, they are kids. And how many 19 year olds do you think of as equals to yourself, as complete adults who have figured it all out.

    Again, don’t talk to me about the law, what’s right and wrong. There’s plenty of people here who are fully willing, possible do, break the law because of what they believe. So you believe that stealing is wrong. It is. But you know, maybe y’all ought to hold off casting that first stone until you become a saint yourself.

    And then just maybe, you can take in the bigger picture here and ask “Why” would this happen, what are the causes, especially when there’s no apparent disaster or anything.

    They get what they deserve? Well who are you to judge? Who got hurt? Nobody that I saw except Big Money Corporate America who could afford to have given have given all that crap away.

    Yeah, mob mentality is scary. I won’t argue against that. But I submit that there’s a lot more to this than meets the eye.

    • JOe
      December 28, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Another Brain dead liberal who can’t call things for what they actually are. These were gang members, you love them so much take them into your home and see how long it takes for them to stab you, rape your wife, and steal everything you own.

      You liberals are blind and have no idea what’s really going on out here in the streets. I live in the city, and most of the killings that take place here in Chicago are done by these so-called “kids”.

    • Al
      December 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Liberal hypocrite! Maybe the reason they were all black is because 80 percent of black “kids” don’t have a healthy father figure in their lives who will kick their ass for this kind of behavior. Where are the black fathers who will stand up against this kind of BS? I’m so tired of this politically correct race card that I could puke! The fact that there were as many females involved as males dosn’t say much for the mothers either. By the way, there are plenty of 30 year olds who aren’t grown up also, so whine to somebody who cares. Who got hurt? How about store employees who might loose their jobs…you know…those people who actually WORK for a living? How about the people who invested their hard earned money to create a sucessful business, only to have some worthless assholes destroy it. In case you didn’t know, when something is given away, it’s Charity. When it’s taken away, it’s THEFT. They all should have been arrested, then they would have something to put on their resumes.

  9. Sorrin
    December 28, 2015 at 10:40 am

    This article doesn’t mention anything being stolen, or any serious injuries or gun shot wounds. I have noticed the youth of this age, particularly in the cities, are more rebellious and more aware of all the lies of society that the older generations are still unwilling to accept. The way our society is currently running is crippling us as a species, and our entire planet along with it.

    I think this event was to take business away from the mall. Marking an end to society as a means to prepare for a new world. When people stop slaving all their time for money, stop paying bills and buying gasoline, plastic and commercialized meat, we can hope to regrow life on earth. Put food everywhere so no living soul has to slave to be fed. This was once reality in America, until we humans grew society and buried all our most fertile soils with concrete.

    You say these are teenage criminals, out to hurt you and everyone you love. No, that is not the case, or there would have been death in this event. What was hurt, was the reputation and safety of the mall. Business, was hurt. Some people may have had their prides hurt from a punch or a push or a random gunshot, but ultimately it was only money that was lost. A small mark toward the end of society so that a new world can grow.

    That being said, this was stupid of them. The best protest is to not participate and grow a garden peacefully. Violence is not the answer.

    • JoE
      December 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      It’s amazing how far society has fallen when you have people making excuses for criminal behavior. Let them in your house then. Let them run through your house vandalizing your stuff, picking fights with people in your home, and terrorizing your kids and loved ones. You are a fool, these are not kids or protestors they are terrorists

      • Sorrin
        December 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm

        The fear in your eyes clouds your judgement. For some reason, you think just because they raid a mall that they’ll raid your home. So full of fear you miss the facts. No. They’re not going after you, or your neighbors, or your wife or kids. You fear the end of society because you depend on it.

        Is it not criminal behavior to bomb innocent lives for the sake of international trade? It is not criminal behavior to raid and kill a country of free people for their agriculture? If the ones that are killing and looting innocent people are the very ones sitting in office, why should we let them decide what is “criminal behavior”? These teens performed no killing, or looting. Who are the terrorists here?

        • Almetcalf
          December 29, 2015 at 6:36 am

          You are a total ignorant leftist, aren’t you. Crawl back to your ivory tower dumba&$.

  10. willie
    December 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    If only for a lack of detailed reprting or reports, it doesn’t really seem like anybody actually had a gun. More likely a bunch of idiot kids pulling a prank ala yelling fire in a crowded theater.
    This seems to be what you get when you mix prankster idiots and a people scared shitless by the govt..
    Run Forest Run!

  11. Unknown
    December 28, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Blacks … America’s original home grown terrorists,
    thanks to Liberals and their insane entitlement

      January 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      That was racist. There are plenty of good black people and WAY tooooo many bad white people, regardless of politics and Liberals,etc. There were white “kids” at the riot. Taking PART in it.

  12. B from CA
    December 28, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    The international criminal bankers who came to power in the United States of America in 1933 with the establishment of a private bank following the sinking of the Titanic on which the elite of America were killed, set into motion the present criminal world order who pay organizers to coordinate riots and civil disturbances such as this, playing one group or race against another in a divide and conquer scheme to control the world.
    There will be no peace in America or the world until the Bank of Rothschild Worldwide is dismantled and its ill gotten wealth returned to the peoples of the world.

  13. Taxdn2poverty
    December 29, 2015 at 5:58 am

    The shoppers and shop owners are to blame. There is a flip side to the inner city thugs and that is the learned helplessness of working class America. If each and every law abiding taxpayer in the mall had pulled a fifteen shot clip fed pistol and started firing indiscriminately into the crowd of thugs then the whole damn flash riot would have been over before it really got started. The dead rioters should have been thrown in the dumpsters and the wounded left to their own devices to crawl wherever they chose to breathe their last breath. Instead people call 911, run, hide, and cower down just like the good trained to do nothing Christians that they are. What an absolute disgraceful cowardly mess.

  14. Matt
    December 29, 2015 at 8:00 am

    The only real option is clear if we are to be serious about curtailing violent crime, mob or otherwise. Society must stop worrying about criminals and criminals need to start worrying about society.

  15. Smokey
    December 29, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    A rabid animal can not be cured or re-habed they only cure is for them to be “put down”

  16. WOW!
    December 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Amazing racial comments. This was the same mall with video show two white males fighting on Thanksgiving night.

    • WOW!
      December 29, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      showing not show

  17. Anonymous
    February 10, 2016 at 11:08 am

    This is going to be a common occurance throughout the US for the foreseable future..The vast majority of kids today have zero respect for anything,most have no manners whatsoever,and have no idea what common courtesy means.The majority of kids today have been taught since birth to blame society and race,but never themselves for their screw ups..This country is headed straight off a cliff at 100 mph,and it’s only gonna get worse..

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