Chaos erupts at mall after release of new sneakers

by: Liz Artz Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - The sale of limited edition sneakers created a chaotic scene over the weekend at South DeKalb Mall.

DeKalb police were sent to the mall for a crowd control issue, which forced police to evacuate the building early Saturday. A crowd of up to 1,000 people filled the parking lot in hopes of buying the Retro 5 Bel-Air Jordan Limited Edition sneakers.

Channel 2's Liz Artz went to the mall to get details about the situation. Managers said there were only four stores that sold the sneakers and only 500 pairs were being sold in the state.

A manager from one of the shoe stores said he arrived about 5:30 a.m. and that some customers were armed with guns. The manager said several police were there early Saturday in anticipation of the large crowd, but it grew much bigger than expected.

Tickets were distributed to the first 40 people to give them access to the store to buy the shoes.

There are two stores in mall that are going to start selling the shoes Sunday for $450. They were sold Saturday for $180.



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