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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Witnesses say Louisville Metro Police had to break up a fight early today at Jefferson Mall over the release of a new style of sneakers, but sources with the mall tell a very different story.
Metrosafe dispatchers told WDRB News they received a report of 75-100 people in a fight over pairs of the new Air Jordan Eleven Retro Concords.
One witness who was in the store told WDRB that a security guard was trampled by the crowd waiting for several shoe stores to open early. That claim could not be independently verified, as WDRB News was not allowed inside the mall.
Sources with the mall say they've talked to all of their security guards and no one was trampled.
At least eight police cars were on scene when WDRB arrived. Sources with the mall claim officers were already there to provide security. Dispatchers told WDRB News overnight that some units were dispatched to the mall after they received reports of unrest.
The new Air Jordans retail for $180 dollars and are very popular with so-called "sneaker-heads," who collect them. One man tells WDRB he bought two pair of the shoes. He sold one pair to another person in line for $260.
"I got the love for the 'Js,' you feel me?" said Brandon Betts, a customer who purchased the shoes. "Look at the box! The box is cold!"
"Man it's crazy in there: people getting run over and security guards getting trampled and stuff," he added. "They almost tried to arrest us!...Fighting over shoes was it worth it -- yeah."
Sources with the mall deny that there was a fight and say no police report was filed and no arrests were made.
Similar scenes unfolded across the country. In Indianapolis shoppers ripped the door of its hinges and trampled others to enter a mall early In Seattle police used pepper spray to keep crowds at bay. And in Atlanta a woman left a 1-year-old in the car to get the shoes.