Police officers swarmed Tukwila's Southcenter Mall Saturday evening after a large group of teens and young adults began running for the exits, prompting fears that a shooting or some other dangerous event was under way.
No shots were fired and no one was hurt.
Instead, Tukwila Police are investigating whether a self-proclaimed teen YouTube star is responsible for inviting the mob of teens to start the chaos.
The Law Office of Cleodis Floyd released the following statement:
My client Deshae Frost is a popular social media influencer with millions of followers. Part of what makes him so popular is his ability to engage with fans. Like other influencers, Mr. Frost has held successful meet and greets in shopping malls across the United States. As promised, Mr. Frost showed up yesterday to Southcenter Mall for a meet and greet which was larger than expected. As the crowed continued to grow and intensify, Mr. Frost quickly left Southcenter Mall as he began to fear for his own safety. To be clear, it was never his intent to incite a riot. He is deeply disturbed by some of the rumors associated with his meet and greet. Mr. Frost does not condone violence and he is sympathetic to anyone affected by yesterday’s events.