Walmart TMs Black Friday brings shootings, pepper spray and blackout
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 18:21:21 GMT —
The spirit of "giving thanks" was quickly lost Black Friday eve as shoppers were pepper-sprayed, held at gunpoint and stranded in the dark in Walmart locations across the nation.
Northridge, Calif. Walmart customers recalled the horror of a woman firing pepper spray into a crowd swarming Xboxes on sale at 10 p.m.
"They were opening a package to try to get some Xboxes from a crate and this lady pepper-sprayed a whole bunch of people in order to gain an advantage over the Xboxes," Los Angeles police Sergeant J. Valle said.
Firefighters responded to the scene to treat 20 people injured in the incident.
Shoppers on the other side of the nation took cover when gunfire errupted in a Walmart parking lot in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Authorities said a robber approached Tonia Robbins, 55, in the parking lot and demanded her purse. When Robbins refused, the suspect shot her in the foot, which prompted her shopping companion to pull a concealed revolver and fire three shots into the air.
Robbins was hospitalized and her condition was not known.
In Port Clinton, Ohio, a drunk driver ran off a road and hit a utility pole near a Walmart, causing a power outage just before midnight when the store was swarming with shoppers.
Authorities describe many of these incidents as "shopping rage" that spun out of control.
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(The Associated Press contributed to this report)