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Woman displays gun during confrontation at Vancouver Mall

Video of the altercation was widely viewed on social media; charge referred to prosecutor's office

By , Columbian staff writer
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Video of a woman pulling a gun during an altercation at Vancouver Mall went viral over the weekend.
Video of a woman pulling a gun during an altercation at Vancouver Mall went viral over the weekend. (Screenshot from video) Photo Gallery

A woman pointed a gun at a family in Vancouver Mall during a heated argument last week, according to the Vancouver Police Department. 

Vancouver police were called to the mall just after 4 p.m. Wednesday. No one was injured, and police later determined the gun was not loaded.

The teenagers in the two families have a history of fighting, according to police. The woman told police she pulled the gun to protect her daughters from being attacked.

In two videos that were widely distributed on social media and generated more than 40 million views, the girls can be seen screaming at each other while their mothers held them back or stood in front of them.

Mall security separated the families, and Vancouver police contacted everyone involved, the department said. 

Vancouver police referred a charge of displaying a firearm against the woman with the gun to the Vancouver City Attorney’s Office.

According to mall management, security responded within 20 seconds of the woman displaying the gun.

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