In a statement issued late Wednesday night, Cheektowaga Police said upon seeing the large fights, many stores began closing their security gates and enacted ‘lockdown’ to prevent issues within their stores. Several stores later reopened at 8:30 p.m.
Reports of gunfire at the Galleria tonight are false. We continue to receive phone calls about it. No gunfire at the Galleria tonight. Expect heavy Law Enforcement presence at the Galleria Mall the rest of the night.
— Cheektowaga Police (@CPDNYInfo) December 27, 2018
On December 26, 2018 Cheektowaga Police responded to calls of fights and disorderly youths starting at approximately 6:31 PM at the Walden Galleria Mall. These calls were handled by Cheektowaga Police Officers assigned to the Walden Galleria. A call of shots fired came in at approximately 7:29 PM. This report turned out to be false and was attributed to a metal sign that was knocked over by the youths running the concourse.
Upon seeing the large group of disorderly youths engaged in fights many stores began to close their security gates and enacted “lockdown” to prevent issues within their stores. Several stores reopened at 8:30 PM.
The Cheektowaga Police would like to thank Officers from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), New York State Police, NFTA Police, City of Buffalo Police, Amherst Police, Depew Police and West Seneca Police for their assistance.