Deputies: Hundreds of teens storm Central Florida theater

Middle, high school students try to get into theater free


OCOEE, Fla. – There was a chaotic scene at an Ocoee movie theater after deputies said hundreds of teens stormed the building, trying to get in for free. 

Deputies told News4Jax's sister station WKMG-TV that it happened Saturday night at the AMC Theater at the West Oaks Mall in Ocoee.

Investigators said up to 900 middle and high school students tried storming the theater. 

Deputies said about 200 students were able to get inside the building before the security gates were closed.

"(It's) a big concern to us that are juveniles are doing this at such an early age," said Orange County Sheriff's Office Lt. Paul Hopkins.

Investigators said as the crowd was being taken from the area, several fights broke out in the parking lot. 

Gunfire could be heard at one point and someone was robbed.

"Everybody just started scattering, ducking underneath the seats," said movie-goer Kenny Johnson. "It was a scary moment."

"These are middle to high school kids who have guns, who are shooting guns, are robbing people, driving stolen cars and they have drugs in their cars," Hopkins said.

Two teens were arrested. 

No one was seriously hurt. 

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