JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Three adults were arrested after an altercation at Orange Park Mall over the weekend after a fight between two juveniles may have led to a case of mistaken identity.
Shannon Thompson, 40, Derrick Mack, 20, and Ivan Boyd, 43, were all charged with one count of child abuse without great bodily harm.
According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, deputies received multiple calls about reports of an active shooter at the mall around 4:56 p.m. There were approximately 600 people at the mall at this time.
Upon arrival, deputies say crowds of panicked individuals were seen rushing out of the building.
According to the incident report, deputies took a juvenile from outside the food court (victim) and placed him into the back seat of a patrol car. The victim told deputies that a group of men, one teenager and another adult had beat him up outside the AMC Theaters.
He reportedly told deputies that he was with an acquaintance at the mall who approached another teenager and asked him to buy him something from Smoothie King. The teenager agreed and pulled money from his pocket to buy the food, deputies say.
When he pulled out the money, the victim said the boy next to him told the teen that "he should have robbed him just now" and lifted his shirt up slightly, revealing what he thought was a gun, deputies say.
The victim and his acquaintance, who made the alleged threat, left the food court, and when they returned there were several adults, the report says.
The victim told deputies that the adults began chasing him once they saw him, despite him claiming that his friend made the statement about robbing the other boy.
At one point, the victim says the group of adults dragged him out of Hollister by the back of his shirt, and did not let him go.
On the way out of the mall, he stated he was hit by an adult female, later identified as Shannon Thompson, in the face before exiting the mall through the AMC exit. The victim reportedly said he was taken in front of AMC Theater where he was then jumped by, Ivan Boyd Sr. and his son.
The report indicates Ivan Boyd Sr.'s son was the one in line who was reportedly willing to buy the other teen a smoothie before he was allegedly threatened.
Shannon reportedly told deputies that she went to the mall to try to find the teens who threatened the boy who offered to buy a smoothie. She advised she poked the victim in the back of the head, stating, "Why did you try to rob my son?"
She told deputies that: "I did not think I hit that baby that hard."
Derek told deputies that he "snatched that boy up like his father should have" and walked the victim outside the AMC Theaters when he told his son to "go ahead a fight him."
Multiple law enforcement units cleared the mall and checked each store. Authorities found that there was no active shooter at the mall, Clay County PIO Brandon Ludwig said.
The loud noises from the fight caused some shoppers to panic and multiple people ran away from the food court area, which led to the reports of shots fired.
Deputies spent about an hour clearing out the mall and said no one was injured during the incident.
For any questions related to retrieving items left in the mall, please call Orange Park Mall Security at 904-269-2422.