PHOENIX — Phoenix police are concerned about ‘Fight Club’-like violence popping up in the Valley.
A YouTube video shows teens gathered at Momo Park near South Mountain High School in an apparent organized fight.
“The one thing that struck me was that the two teens don’t appear to not like each other very much,” Phoenix Police spokesman James Holmes said.
“When I see people fighting each other and don’t seem to be angry, you have to think it’s something that is planned for the enjoyment of (everybody watching).”
But the violence is real. During one of the fights, a teen is knocked to the ground and is unconscious for several seconds. A sound like gunfire is heard in the background.
Police are concerned about the video’s popularity. As of Wednesday, it had attracted more than 3,700 views. The graphic video also contains coarse language.
“It’s extremely dangerous, especially if it goes viral,” Holmes said. “You could have people pulling out guns and shooting and then we have a major problem.”
Police don’t believe the violence is gang related, Holmes said. They plan on stepping up patrols in the area.