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Mall brawl involving child caught on video

Posted at 6:27 AM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 18:35:53-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A brawl caught on camera at a Fort Myers Mall allegedly stemmed from a double murder in Lehigh Acres.

We're in the height of the holiday shopping season, which makes this video of a group fighting in public at the mall even more concerning for some.

The video was filmed near the Victoria's Secret store in Edison Mall around 4:30pm Sunday.  It shows a group of people punching and kicking one another, and a woman pushing a child stroller appears and kicks one of the women in the head.

It appears both men and women were involved in the brawl as others filmed.

Fort Myers Police announced Monday that officers responded to the scene and interviewed the alleged victims and filed a simple battery report.  The victims claim the fight started over comments about a Lehigh double murder that happened Friday night

Complainant Mariesha Williams told deputies she was approached by an aggressor, who said "his blood is on your hands," referring to Samuel Jones, 22, who died in the Lehigh shooting. 

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The fight video has prompted Four in Your Corner to reach out to mall management to find out if there are plans to increase security during the holiday shopping season. They have not answered our requests.

The Fort Myers Police Department tells 4 In Your Corner they will continue increased patrols around the mall for the holiday season. Captain Jay Rodriguez sent the following statement:

"The Edison Mall is just one of many locations that we provide extra patrols for during the holiday season. Nothing to do with yesterday’s incident."

4 In Your Corner has also confirmed the Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the mother seen in the video, who left her child alone in the mall as she fought. They stated they have not had prior incidents with the child or mother.