AMC Bay Street

Large juvenile fight, false reports of gunfire lead to chaos, evacuation at AMC Bay Street

Published On October 22, 2017 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

Emeryville Police responded to an incident at AMC Bay Street last night involving a large group of juveniles fighting in front of Sephora at about 9:30 p.m. Chatter overheard via police scanner and subsequent tweets led to erroneous reports of gunfire and an “active shooter” on the scene.

Officers arrived and saw two large groups of as many as 50 juveniles. The juveniles were not fighting but dispersed in different directions.

The officers continued their patrol and found another large group of 75-100 juveniles fighting inside the AMC theaters lobby. The disorder led to the evacuation of patrons in Theater 16. Some moviegoers reported they thought there was an ‘earthquake’ because of the noise and shaking of the walls caused by the fighting.

The Oakland Police Department was requested to respond to assist with restoring the peace. OPD units arrived and helped with dispersing the juveniles. There were some reports of gunshots but it was later determined to be unfounded.

No arrest were made and no injuries were reported.

Since this is breaking news, we will update this post as new information becomes available.

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

4 Responses to Large juvenile fight, false reports of gunfire lead to chaos, evacuation at AMC Bay Street

  1. Anonymous says:

    What movie were they seeing? It’s good to see a little passion for the arts.

    • Rob Arias says:

      I’m going to go out on a limb and say it probably wasn’t “My Little Pony”. ;).

      • Anonymous says:

        You are apparently unfamiliar with “Bronies”. Google it, but be forewarned, there’s no way to unsee it.

        If the teens have entered this world, then we have surpassed EPD’s abilities, and it’s time to call the Federales.

      • Rob Arias says:

        Whoa … they don’t appear to be a particularly violent bunch but clearly something set them off (perhaps an argument over twilight sparkle or fluttershy?). Perhaps the EPD should dust the theatre for glitter?

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