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12 injured during cash giveaway

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Hundreds of people at a shopping mall fought over nearly $10,000 launched into a crowd by a real estate investor known as the "Money Man."

Six people were taken to hospitals and six others were treated for cuts and bruises, police spokesman Bill Proffitt said. The most serious injury was a possible broken arm, he said.

Police said at least 500 people crowded the BayWalk courtyard on Saturday for the cash giveaway. Kevin Shelton appeared on a balcony before firing $2 bills out of his "cash cannon," a small silver tube.

Lashawnda Martin, a 14-old high school student, said someone lifted her to safety: "They were trampling all over me."

Shelton, who began doling out money two years ago, said the giveaways are his way to spark generosity. He said he didn't realize anyone had been hurt.

A mall spokeswoman said the event was being evaluated to determine if anything should have been done differently.