( 4UMF NEWS ) Black Friday Madness
Black Friday took an ugly turn at a Los Angeles Wal-Mart when a female shopper -desperate to get her hands on discounted electronics-pepper sprayed a crowd to keep them away from the merchandise she wanted.
At least 20 shoppers suffered minor injuries and police are still looking for the woman.
The melee began shortly after 10:20 p.m. Thursday as shoppers prowling for Black Friday deals were let inside the store.
The suspect began shooting the pepper spray when the coverings of items she wanted were removed, according to police.
“Somehow she was trying to use [the pepper spray] to gain an upper hand,” police Lt. Abel Parga said.
Witnesses described the frenzied scene to the Los Angeles Times, describing how shoppers-gone-wild tore down video game displays, trampled merchandise and shoved each other for the deeply-discounted goods.
“People started screaming, pulling and pushing each other, and then the whole area filled up with pepper spray,” Alejandra Seminario, 24, told the newspaper.
After the competitive shopper unleashed the chemicals, Seminario said she began to cough and her face began to itch.
“I guess what triggered it was people started pulling the plastic off the pallets and then shoving and bombarding the display of games. It started with people pushing and screaming because they were getting shoved onto the boxes,” she added.
Chaos also erupted at a Fayetteville, N.C. mall after gunfire erupted. Police are looking for two suspects. Luckily no one was injured.
In addition, a discount-seeking shopper was shot and critically wounded during a robbery outside a Wal-Mart in San Leandro, Calif.
And in Myrtle Beach, S.C., a 55-year-old woman was also shot and injured during a robbery attempt near a Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart came under the microscope on Black Friday in 2008, when a store employee died after a mob of frenzied shoppers smashed through a Long Island store front and trampled the to death.
Despite the mayhem in Los Angeles, the store remained opened and those not affected by the pepper spray continued to hunt for bargains.
“I don’t care,” Nakeasha Contreras, a 20 year old who arrived after the incident, told the Times. “I’m still getting my TV.”
‘I’m still getting my TV?’
Story @ NYDailyNews
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