(via CBS46) – As many as 200 people were involved in a brawl at an apartment complex. The incident occurred Sunday at a complex in Athens, which is about 72 miles northeast of Atlanta.
Police were called to break up the brawl, however, no one was arrested. Tenants say violent fighting happens at the apartment complex all the time. A resident showed CBS46 cell phone video from the fight, which shows a big crowd gathered in the parking lot.
“There was a whole lot of people, about 200 people were standing around and fighting out here,” said Rosemary Asberry.
The crowd was so bad, police officers reported having trouble just getting into the complex.
“It was difficult for the officers to actually pull in. There was citizens’ cars blocking the entrance,” said Lt. William Hood.
When officers reached the crowd, people scattered, leaving behind hair weaves and wigs pulled out during the fight, according to the police report. No one was arrested and it didn’t appear anyone was armed, but residents say violent fights at the subsidized apartment complex are nothing new.
“It was just so many people, you couldn’t see who it was. So many people. It was awful,” added June Taylor.
Several videos on YouTube and Instagram show fighting at the complex. There was another brawl just three weeks ago.
“It’s just a fighting ground around here. You wanna fight, this is the place to come. I don’t know why because some of the people who fight out here don’t even live here,” said Taylor.
Police say they’ve tried cracking down on the violence, but can’t seem to get enough cooperation from tenants.
“We’ve even attempted to set up community meetings on a regular basis, but there’s been poor attendance from residents there,” said Lt. Hood.
Yet residents say the violence just keeps getting worse and more common. “I’m always concerned because you don’t know what they have – a gun, a knife,” said Tammy Ennis.
Police say they tried talking with several witnesses and no one wanted to answer their questions. According to the police report, a phone call to the apartment management company went unanswered.