Georgia is one of the few states in the U.S. that has opened up to resume normal business, and on the first day back a giant fight broke out in one of Atlanta’s popular shopping centers.
First thing Wednesday morning, Cumberland Mall began trending on Twitter after video of a fight in the parking lot went viral.
The footage appears to show three women fighting on the ground while a masked security guard tries to intervene and break up the melee.
While it was clear two of the women were winning a fight over a third, who was on the ground, a friend suddenly flew into the mix delivering a flying kick to one of the women who was grabbing his friend by the hair.
The blow sent the aggressor sprawled to the ground, which gave the man the opportunity to shove off the security guard and scoop up his friend to safety. The two were seen running off into the parking lot while the camera was cut short.
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While many did not know the location of the brawl, residents in Atlanta immediately identified the venue as the Cumberland Mall in the Metropolitan Atlanta near the suburbs of Smyrna and Vinings.
“The Cumberland Mall in its natural habitat,” one Twitter user wrote.
“My favorite is the End when they all just get up and walk away, like this just every day at Cumberland Mall,” another commented.
“For today’s episode of “Opening Georgia” I’m going to take you to Cumberland Mall here in Northwest Atlanta. Everything is getting back to normal,” a third person joked.
Georgia’s Governor Kemp defended his decision to reopen the state after many accused Republican governors of caring more about business than the safety of people. Kemp said the notion was “ridiculous,” and stressed that businesses should be able to re-open as long as safety procedures are followed.
“This virus is still out there. We gotta continue to stop the spread and make sure it’s manageable for our health care system. So we’re encouraging people, when they’re going to public places … to wear your masks at all times when possible and just continue to just wash your hands and just be careful on what you’re doing,” Kemp explained.
He did not mention wearing the masks during street brawls.