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SLIDELL, La. (WGNO) - A weekend outing on the North Shore turned into an all-out brawl between two families.

It happened at Cheddar’s Cafe in Slidell.

“We’re not going to tolerate it,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith said.

8 adults have been arrested and accused of fighting outside Cheddar’s Cafe Sunday.

According to investigators a fight broke out between two families.

It all started when once group was leaving the café and the other was about to enter.

“From what we know there’s no prior history between them,” Smith explained. “When asked what this was over it was a comment made to one of the females who was exiting.”

That comment led to an argument, then an all-out brawl in the parking lot.

“People from inside the restaurant, people from out in the parking lot. Everybody starting fighting.”

It was hard to tell, but investigators believe there was anywhere from 20-to-30 people fighting on what should have been a day for family fun.

We talked to Town Center customers who were trying out the restaurant for the first time.

“I say there’s too much of that kind of stuff going on today,” Bruce McCartney said. “Slidell is normally not like that.”

“I think it’s terrible,” Reese Amos said. “I think people ought to be able to control themselves and be more respectful to each other and more forgiving.”

Instead, police say Shawn Sorrell pulled out a stun gun and shocked two people.

She’s also accused of firing a 38 caliber handgun into the fighting crowd.

“We’re fortunate no one was killed in the incident,” Smith said.

Bruce McCartney says it all could have been avoided.

“If somebody makes a comment, you just kind of take it in stride and say that’s not true and you move on,” McCartney said.

Police say a man trying to break up the fight suffered a graze wound in the leg.

In all, nine people were taken into custody, including one juvenile. Police say more arrests are pending.

Shawn Sorrell faces attempted first degree murder charges for allegedly firing that gun into the crowd.

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