Disturbing footage captured the moment a huge brawl broke out between feuding families at Woolworths in Darwin’s CBD.
The video, which was posted on Facebook, shows a large window being smashed, and at one point a man runs towards others with a knife.
The noisy group first broke into the mall, where one man jumped over the counter of a coffee shop across from a supermarket. Then he showed up with at least one large knife.
Some of the group then moved to a Woolworths self checkout and then moved further into the supermarket when loud alarms sounded.
Police said a group of 10 people, some of whom were armed with “blank weapons”, participated in a “riot” at a supermarket on Tuesday afternoon.
A 16-year-old teenager was arrested at the scene and is expected to face charges of armed in public, violent acts, possession of Schedule 2 drugs and breach of bail.
Police are working to identify others involved.
Witness Claire Ross, who runs a pharmacy in the center, told ABC Radio Darwin that her staff saw one person armed with a machete-like weapon.
“If I closed the roller shutters [to the adjacent pharmacy] people from the outside tried to run into the pharmacy for their own safety, they were really afraid for their lives,” Ms Ross said.
“One of the gentlemen with a bottle of red wine went to throw it at people, and I hoped that he would not throw it at us.
“There were so many [security] could do. You shouldn’t have risked your own life.”
Another witness said the shoppers ran and hid in the aisles.
“Customers were screaming and there were a whole bunch of people hiding in the bakery, but truth be told, nowhere was safe,” she told Mix104.9.
Superintendent James O’Brien said: “This appears to have been an escalation in a dispute between family groups. We are talking to witnesses and are aware of the video of the incident posted on social media.”
No injuries were reported.
A spokesman for Woolworths said the company continues to assist police in the investigation.
“The team at our Darwin City store responded calmly and quickly to the unfolding incident,” he said.
Anyone with video footage or who witnessed the incident is strongly advised to contact the police on 131 444 and include the link on 10070979.
Originally published as Chaos as a fight breaks out at Darwin Woolworths