Violence marred Black Friday shopping in at least five states, including a California incident in which police say a woman doused fellow shoppers with pepper spray in a bid to cut to the head of the line.
The incident happened at a Walmart in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, police spokesman Officer Robert Chavira said.
About 15 people were exposed to the spray. Los Angeles firefighters treated them at the scene and no one required hospitalization, Chavira said.
The woman was able to pay for her purchases and leave the store before police arrived, Chavira said.
We can thank our infamous Lt. John Pike, and other officers involved with the Occupy Movements, for this wonderful idea.
In San Leandro, California, police had one man in custody and another was hospitalized following a 1:45 a.m. shooting in a Walmart parking lot.
“It was a robbery gone bad,” police Sgt. Mike Sobek told reporters. “The victim’s family fought with the robbers. They were able to detain one suspect. We are not sure if that suspect is the shooter, but we do have one person in custody right now.”
In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, police said two people suffered injuries in an apparent armed robbery attempt after they left a Walmart store around 1 a.m. Friday.
Would-be robbers struck a man on the head and shot a woman in the leg before another shopper displayed a gun and the assailants fled, citing Myrtle Beach Police Captain Kevin Heins. The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment, he said.
Police arrested a man in Kissimmee, Florida, on a resisting arrest charge after they wrestled him to the ground to stop a fight at a jewelry counter at Walmart around 1 a.m. Friday.
The other man in the fight was allowed to leave the store, the station reported.
And in Rome, New York, a brawl broke out in the electronics department at a Walmart moments after midnight, citing the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Here is cell phone footage of a fight at a Wal*Mart store:
Bleeding: The video shows 54-year-old Jerald Allen Newman unconscious and covered in blood after a police officer took him to the ground in the Phoenix suburb of Buckeye
This shopper received pepper spray in her face during the computer games scuffle at the L.A. Wal-Mart
Huge crowds: Crowds of shoppers trying to bag a bargain from a Wal-Mart store during the Black Friday sales last night were drenched in pepper spray when a scramble for Xbox 360 console deals turned ugly
Medical help: Police are hunting a female shopper who allegedly injured 20 people at the store in Los Angeles, California, after a confrontation at 10.20pm – just 20 minutes after the shop had opened its doors
Shoppers shield their mouths after the North Carolina pepper spraying incident
Chaos: This is a grab taken from a video which showed the mayhem caused by the L.A. pepper spray incident
Fire engines: A witness described an ‘absolutely crazy’ scene in L.A. where the video games display was torn down and customers trampled over the computer games and DVDs that had fallen on the floor
Stampede: A video posted on Twitter showed staff at a Best Buy believed to be in Puerto Rico struggling to contain a horde of shoppers as they opened
Madness: This video shot inside what is believed to be a California Best Buy store shows a fight that broke out
Scramble: A Twitter user posted a video showing shoppers in an unidentified Wal-Mart store fighting over $2 waffle makers and passing boxes over their heads
Get back: Crowds of Black Friday shoppers attempt to push their way through security staff moments after the doors opened outside of Best Buy at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, on Friday
It’s mine! Bargain hunters shop for discounted merchandise at Macy’s on ‘Black Friday’ today in New York. Marking the start of the holiday shopping season, ‘Black Friday’ is one of the busiest days of the year
Patiently waiting: People stand in line outside Macy’s department store, waiting for the shop to open
Midnight scramble: Shoppers had to be held back from entering a Best Buy store in Mesquite, Texas
People rush into the entrance of Macy’s department store in New York
Packed: Crowds lines up to get on an escalator inside Macy’s department store at Midnight in New York
Security guards struggle to stop shoppers getting into Best Buy in New York before its 11pm opening
Shoppers in Toys R Us in Times Square, New York, New York for early Black Friday opening
Racing up the stairs: Shoppers and employees participate in Best Buy Black Friday at Union Square, New York
Bargains galore: Tempted by deals, hundreds fill a small part of the main floor in Macy’s
Queuing round the block: People stand in line outside of Macy’s before the it opens
Happy camping: Shoppers camp out at Best Buy for Black Friday in Pembroke Pines, Florida
Camping for bargains: Shoppers wait for midnight at a Best Buy store at Santee, California
Waiting for goods: These shoppers erected themselves a canape to shelter from the elements
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