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'Contrary to social media': City explains why Summit Mall closed abruptly after Christmas

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Posted at 2:04 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 23:33:52-05

FAIRLAWN, Ohio — The City of Fairlawn issued an explanation as to why Summit Mall closed abruptly the day after Christmas.

On Dec. 26, Summit Mall was closed as a result of several altercations and COVID-19 concerns, the city said.

The city said that “a number of young persons in the area” gathered at Summit Mall that day. After the first few incidents arose at the mall, management decided to close for the day.

Those who were congregating in the mall were asked to leave and they all complied, according to the city.

While some social media posts apparently alleged there were shots fired at the mall that day, the City of Fairlawn said that was not the case and that the loud bangs that may have been heard were stores closing their gates.

No arrests were made at the mall, no one was injured, and no theft or property damage was reported, according to the city.

“Our department will continue to assist Summit Mall with maintaining a safe shopping experience in the future and hope this release clears up misinformation that has been circulated on social media,” the city said in its explanation.