Skating rink fight caught on camera

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Video has surfaced on YouTube that gives investigators a better look at what led to a brawl at a Baton Rouge skating rink.

The cell phone video was taken inside Skate Galaxy and the fights contained on it led to several citations and one arrest.

Investigators with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said they originally got a call about 'shots possibly fired' at the skate rink. Deputies didn't find any damage or evidence from bullets, but they found plenty of violence.

One woman, who asked not to be identified, was at the skate rink with her family.

"A guy was out near where you rent the skates out, he pulled up a gun and my mom said, 'He has a gun, duck' and everybody ducked in the concession area," the unidentified woman said. "And, the crowd just started running and running and running, trying to get away from them."

The woman said several small fights led to one big brawl and eventually led to her family seeking safety in a pantry at the skating rink.

"Me, my family, I had grand baby, my kids, my mom, all my siblings, my pastor's daughter was there, I just felt like my life, my life was in jeopardy. I was scared," the woman added.

Skate Galaxy officials couldn't be reached for comment Monday. Their offices are usually closed on Mondays.

Sheriff's deputies cited several teenagers and released them to their respective parents and also arrested one teen for fighting with deputies.

Watching the video posted online, the woman who was there said she felt a sick feeling.

"It's sad that we can carry on like that. Children, parents need to know what's going on with their kids," the woman said. "They don't know how they act when they go out in public like this. It's sad. You can't even go out to a decent family engagement without people cutting up and acting a fool like that. It's embarrassing to the race. It's very embarrassing."

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