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Fight at Lindale Mall goes viral

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Cell phone video of a vicious and violent fight in the Lindale Mall food court made its way onto social media sites, Monday.

The approximately 90 second footage shows a brutal brawl involving what appears to be several juveniles.

The mall fight actually happened Saturday, February 15, according to police.

While they have been actively investigating, it's been hard for the investigation to continue until now.

"For two weeks that case has not been necessarily closed, but there hasn't been any movement on it because of the lack of witnesses or anybody contacting the police department with any information," said Greg Buelow Public Safety Communications Coordinator for Cedar Rapids Police.

A witness who was shopping at the mall that Saturday said she's never witness that much violence, and believes mall security should do more.

"Chairs flying, and people screaming and people fighting and throwing things...," said the witness. "People screaming for the police and security and there was no one around. I think they need more security, and security should be able to carry weapons or tazers or something. By the time they got there the guys were already gone."

Police say they got the call just before 2 p.m. of a large fight involving about 10 people and arrived on scene just four minutes after the call.

The violent video shows several people throwing tables and chairs brutally attacking what appears to be at least one person, while food court employees watch and no security in sight.

Public relations representative, Beth George for Simon Property Group, the owner of Lindale Mall says the behavior shown in the video is not tolerated.

"This behavior is clearly inappropriate and will not be tolerated at our properties. We take the safety of our employees and shoppers very seriously, and work closely with the Cedar Rapids Police Department."

Buelow says since this video has surfaced the internet, it'll probably help the department track down those involved.

"Police officers are taking it seriously, they are reviewing the video tape as we speak, trying to identify any individuals that might be in that tape," said Buelow.

Since going viral the video has close to 600,000 views on the infamous World Star Hip Hop website known for posting videos of violent fights.

Police are asking for your help.

If you know anyone involved in the food court fight or witnessed what happened, you're urged to call the Cedar Rapids Police or the investigative division at 319-286-5400.

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