A child’s birthday party held on March 16, 2013, at a Chuck E. Cheese in Boynton Beach, Florida, turned violent leading to an 18-man brawl, a trampled granny and three drug arrests, one arrestee being the birthday boy’s mother. It’s kind of surprising, given the ready supply of beer, the scores of screaming kids and the proximity of large groups of in-laws that this kind of thing doesn’t happen more often.
In this case two men started arguing in the bathroom at the child-oriented entertainment establishment, an argument that escalated into a fist fight by the time the men had returned to the dining room. Empty vodka bottles police later found hidden in a diaper bag at the scene may serve to explain what happened next: 16 other people joined right in and started brawling.
Employees successfully pushed the rowdy scrum outside, but were unable to prevent the birthday boy’s grandmother being trampled in the melee. The fight seems to have continued outside and worked its way down the street about a mile until one brawler allegedly pulled out a handgun and started shooting at a passing car. One passenger was hit in the leg, but is expected to recover. The gunman is still at large.
It seems that by the time police got there, the show was pretty much over. They found Robert Thompson, Alfred Peoples and Briana Walker, the birthday boy’s mother, hanging out in the parking lot. Police arrested them on drug charges after allegedly finding Xanax and marijuana in Walker’s purse and crack cocaine and morphine on one of her companions, and, unsurprisingly, for defrauding an innkeeper, they had skipped out on the $300 bill for the party. It is unknown where the grandmother and the birthday boy were at this time.