All Hell broke loose on Long Island this afternoon. Roosevelt Field Mall, nestled in surburban Nassau County, New York, turned into a wild scene Friday after thousands of screaming adolescent fans showed up for an appearance by 15-year-old Canadian music sensation Justin Bieber that didn’t go quite as planned.
The teen idol’s planned performance at the Long Island mall was cancelled at the last minute Friday afternoon after the gaggle of Tweeners got out of control, say local police. Approximately 3,000 fans — some camped out since 7AM — showed up for the event which included an autograph signing at a store called Justice.
The event was canceled because the mall apparently did not have enough security people on hand at the mall to handle the crowd. After it became clear to the authorities and mall officials that the event had erupted in chaos, Bieber — who was celebrating the birth of his baby brother — Tweeted: “They are not allowing me to come into the mall. if you dont leave I and my fans will be arrested as the police just told us.” A few moments later he posted: “the event at roosevelt mall is cancelled. please go home. the police have already arrested one person from my camp. I dont want anyone hurt.”
That’s when sh-t got real.
At least one girl was taken out on a stretcher as over 1,000 fans crowded the shopping center, a Nassau County Police spokesperson said. There were no serious injuries, but several fans and parents suffered bumps and bruises in the melee.
“We saw people getting pushed, moms and dads,” one girl told ABC News. “We saw 10-year-old girls standing outside by themselves (after getting separated from their parents).”
“One mom broke her arm,” another girl added.
No arrests have been made. (Some people really need to learn how to behave with decorum in public! Shame on the parents who stood around twiddling their thumbs while their kids behaved like animals….)