INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -- Three people have been taken into custody following yet another disturbance in Independence Center. 

According to the Independence Police Department, officers went to the food court for a disturbance involving possibly armed subjects. 

Three adult men were taken into custody. 

Officers have determined that they were carrying toy guns. No real guns were located. No shots were fired.

It's the third disturbance in nearly a week at the troubled area. 

Management has shifted the curfew requirements twice since the holiday season following fights and shootings. 

"Recently, there has been a string of unfortunate incidents associated with Independence Center," the mall said in a statement. "Please know that we are teaming up with the city and the Police department to help curb these issues so Independence Center can remain a nice place to come with your family to shop and play. Ownership is aware and has given permission to hire more security and off-duty police officers. We take these issues very seriously and will spare no expense." 

A look at a timeline of events that have taken place regarding the mall since October 2020: 

  • January 5th, 2021: Independence Center implements yet another new curfew update, this one permitting unsupervised minors from entering the mall without a parent after 3 p.m. seven days a week.
  • January 4th, 2021: There was another shooting at the Independence Center, this one happening between two vehicles and occupants shooting at each other.
  • December 31, 2020: One person is shot at the Independence Center. The victim survived.
  • December 28, 2020: Independence police bans teens without parents Friday through Sunday after 3 p.m.
  • December 26, 2020: The mall closes due to a fight that had over 500 teenagers in it.
  • November 22, 2020: A new curfew was announced and approved by the city. It aims at teenagers.
  • October 30, 2020: Independence police warn of more disturbances involving teenagers.
  • October 24, 2020: Over 300 teenagers involved in disturbances and fights.

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