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Deer damage shopping center

Posted at 11:16 PM, Feb 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-25 23:16:03-05

CORYDON, Ind. (CNN) - A herd of deer tore through an Indiana plaza, breaking windows and sending shoppers running.

Harrison County firefighters stayed busy, cleaning up and scraping away broken glass. However, most of their work went into cracking joke about the herd of deer that wreaked havoc on a store where everything’s a dollar.

“Gotta new name for the store: ‘Everything’s a Buck,’” one of the firefighters says.

The stag party began in the parking lot. Lt. Chris Walden says his station received a call saying that there were several ‘out-of-control’ deer in the parking lot.

“All of a sudden we just hear a lot of really loud noises and we looked outside and there was like at least 10 deer just running up and down the strip,” Katie Hall, hairstylist in the plaza, says.

Hall wasn’t laughing as she watched shoppers run, seeking refuge in her hair salon.

“It was crazy. They were running into all the windows and they were up against our door. And they went over to Fashion Bug, they busted that window,” Hall says.

Hall snapped a photo of the two deer that died with her cell phone.

Walden says when he and the other sheriffs arrived, there was one dead deer that tried to gain access into the Fashion Bug. One was hit by a car and was found dead in the east parking lot.

A third deer made its way through a Dollar Tree, scaring an employee.

“She was crying her eyes out and she said they-it busted down about 10 shelves. It was just going crazy,” Hall says.

The store manager says she opened up the back door, at which point the deer fled on foot.

“It is the high talk or the plaza. We’ve seen several people coming by wanting to know what was going on,” Walden says.

Authorities believe the deer invaded the shopping plaza after crossing the highway from a nearby wooded area.

“Just crazy- only in Harrison County,” Hall says.