Northern Territory police arrest teenager after daylight ‘riot’ in Darwin CBD supermarket

Chaos at an inner-city supermarket in Darwin has been described as a “riot” and resulted in the arrest of at least one teenager.

Confronting footage of the incident has emerged on social media and shows several people entering the Darwin Woolworths complex, yelling and screaming.

One person can be seen jumping the counter of a coffee shop and arming themselves with a knife, before running towards the supermarket.

Northern Territory Police said the fight between about 10 people, allegedly involving several knives, happened at about half-past four on Tuesday afternoon.

One witness, Claire Ross, told ABC Radio Darwin her staff reported seeing a person armed with what looked like a machete.

a zoomed in woolworths sign
The fight broke out on Tuesday afternoon at the Darwin city Woolworths.(AAP: Mick Tsikas)

“As I was closing the roller doors [to the adjacent pharmacy] people from outside were trying to run into the pharmacy for their own safety, they were really fearful for their lives,” Ms Ross said.

“One of the gentlemen with a red wine bottle went to fling it at people and I was hoping he wouldn’t fling it at us.”

Footage of multiple people running through the Darwin CBD Woolworths.
Vision shows multiple people running through the Darwin CBD Woolworths on Tuesday.(Supplied)

Ms Ross said one of her staff members was returning from the rubbish bins when the fighting broke out and was confronted by a man with a knife.

“It was scary, there were a lot of people that were really distraught. They were just panicked and fearful,” Ms Ross said.

“He [the staff member said] ‘I just couldn’t believe it, there was a guy with two knives running at me and I thought I was going to die’.

Superintendent James O’Brien described the chaos as “extremely frightening” and “appalling behaviour.”

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