A shocking viral video of several women fighting in Camden has sparked a police investigation. Yet officials say there’s more to the video than meets the eye and the woman who they originally believed was the victim is actually a person of interest.
The video, which has been shared over 50,000 times on Facebook, shows a fight which took place on Dec. 28 on the 2000 block of Westminster Street in Camden, New Jersey. In the clip, a group of women attack another woman who screams 'my baby,' sparking outrage and concern from Facebook users that she was pregnant.
Yet as police began to investigate the clip, they determined it only showed a snapshot of actual events. According to investigators, the woman who is being attacked in the video actually initiated the fight when she drove from Philadelphia to Camden armed with a cane or crowbar to carry out threats of violence against the other women as part of an ongoing dispute. She then allegedly sprayed mace at the women and threatened to grab a gun from her car which prompted the attack that was captured on video, investigators said. Police also say they don’t believe the woman is actually pregnant.
The Philadelphia woman, who officials have not identified, did not file a police report.
Despite the new information from police, many people who saw the video still say the group of women who fought her went too far.
“They didn’t have to engage her,” said Sequoayah Tompkins of Camden. “They could’ve called the cops and said she was giving threats. Anything.”
Police continue to search for the Philadelphia woman. They also say all of the women who fought her in the video are cooperating with the investigation.