Subscribe to Breaking News emails

You have successfully subscribed to the Breaking News email.

Subscribe today to be the first to to know about breaking news and special reports.

Wal-Mart Shoppers Use Cans, Bats in 30-Person Melee Caught on Video

by Eli Panken /  / Updated 

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

Four people were arrested last weekend after a 30-person fight broke out in an upstate New York Wal-Mart, authorities said.

The brawl allegedly began after an insult about a woman’s dress.

Authorities said that the melee began around 7 p.m. Sunday after two 17-year-old girls insulted a 24-year-old woman about her clothing in the Gates, N.Y., Walmart, six miles from Rochester.

Gates Police Chief Jim VanBrederode said the minor altercation turned major when the families of both the victim and the suspects got involved.

First video of the melee was posted to Facebook.

"It was in total chaos when the officers got there," VanBrederode told NBC affiliate WHEC. "It’s just disgusting to see that kind of behavior happening right here."

During the fight, authorities said participants went into the sporting goods section of the store and armed themselves with baseball bats. One of the 17-year-old girls threw a can of food, hitting a man in the head, police said.

The girl who threw the can is charged with assault and harassment, police said, but NBC News is not naming her because she is a minor. A second minor is also charged with disorderly conduct, along with Patrick Goodwin, 21, and Jasmine Jones, 21, police said.

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
MORE FROM news

Have feedback?

How likely are you to recommend nbcnews.com to a friend or colleague?

0 = Very unlikely
10 = Very likely
Please select answer

Is your feedback about:

Please select answer

Thank you!

Your feedback has been sent out. Please enjoy more of our content.

We appreciate your help making nbcnews.com a better place.