Three teens have been charged after a large fight at Potomac Mills mall Saturday night.
Police were called to the mall before 7 p.m. Saturday to investigate reports of a large crowd fighting and shots fired. Initial reports of shots fired were not true, police said, but officers encountered a group of about 20 teens “actively fighting,” Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said in a news release.
Tuesday, detectives from the police department’s gang unit identified three suspects involved in the fight. Police said the fight “stemmed from an ongoing dispute between two rival street gangs.”
Two 15-year-old Woodbridge boys and a 14-year-old Triangle boy were arrested and charged with malicious wounding, assault and battery and two counts of criminal gang participation.
The three teens are being held at the juvenile detention center and information about their next court date was not released.
The fight came 10 days after a 17-year-old was slashed "multiple times" with pocket knives in what police described as a gang attack outside Manassas Mall. Several teens have been charged in that case.