DOWNEY -- Police shut down Stonewood Center this afternoon after a scheduled appearance by two professional skateboarders attracted thousands of rowdy teenagers. Steven Fernandez, 15, and Keelan Dadd, 26, were scheduled to be at the Zumiez store from 1-4 p.m. The business only planned to accommodate 300 people, but witnesses said more than a thousand teens showed up.
Fans started rushing inside the business after they were turned away, city officials said.
With help from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and neighboring agencies, Downey Police dispersed the crowd and closed the mall.
The shopping center remain closed as of 4:30 p.m.; some stores said they planned to reopen later in the afternoon, while some retailers and restaurants sent their employees home for the day.
Posts on social media showed a chaotic scene, with fans chasing Fernandez as he fled the mall with the aid of police.
Fernandez, who goes by the nickname "Baby Scumbag," has more than 148,000 followers on Twitter and represents a clothing line called Honey Brand.