JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A teenager takeover. A smash mob involving hundreds! It happened right here in Jacksonville over the weekend at the Walmart on Lem Turner Road.
Shaky video, that was originally posted on YouTube, shows the chaos up close.
Janice Linton, a store regular, couldn't believe her eyes.
"That is unbelievable. That's something you see on TV and other places, not here on the Northside," Linton remarked.
Saturday night hundreds of people swarmed the store causing, according to police, about $1500 in damage.
But we've learned this isn't where the story starts. According to police, the party actually began in a seemingly quiet subdivision off Sampson Road.
"It was this way. It was that way. You know, it just got out of hand," Cassandra Jennings says pointing out how far the party spread.
Jennings tells us her neighbor, a teenager at First Coast High School, threw a party that through word of mouth (or make that cellphone) grew...and grew...and grew.
"When you walked out you were like - oh my god," she recalled.
That's when it took a downward spiral. According to the report by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, as police were clearing the scene a 20-year-old was shot in the leg. He told police he could not tell who did it because "the crowd of people leaving the party was so large."
Police believe that's when hundreds headed to Walmart where the video shows the party never stopped.
Dianna Gee, a spokeswoman for Walmart, told Action News:
“The actions of these teenagers were deplorable and put at risk the safety of innocent bystanders. We’re committed to assisting law enforcement in any way we can to help identify the people responsible for the commotion, including the acts of vandalism and theft that occurred at our store.”
So far, no one has been arrested.
Anyone with information about the Walmart smash mob or the shooting can call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office or the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-866-845-TIPS.