Black Friday 2011 incidents: injured, shot and pepper-sprayed people across US
An unconscious grandfather on the floor of a Wal-Mart in Phoenix, Arizona, with a bloody face is shown in a video after the latest pepper spray incident that happened on Black Friday sales across the U.S.
Jerald Allen Newman, 54, is shown unconscious after an officer took him to the ground, as cops are seen trying to sop up blood and outraged customers yell expletives.
Jerald Allen Newman’s wife and other witnesses say he was trying to help his young grandson after the boy was trampled by shoppers, and only put a video game in his waistband to free his hands to help the boy.
Yesterday crowds of shoppers trying to bag a bargain from a Wal-Mart store during the Black Friday sales were drenched in pepper spray during a scramble for Xbox 360 console deals.
It was just one of scores of shootings and outbreaks of violence as tempers frayed in the rush to secure a Black Friday bargain. At least two shoppers have been shot and scores more injured in fights.
Police in Los Angeles is now hunting a female shopper who allegedly injured 20 people at Wal-Mart after a confrontation just 20 minutes after the shop had opened its doors.
Meanwhile gunfire erupted at Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville, North Carolina, at around 2:00 a.m. last night near a food court entrance as holiday shoppers gathered.
Police is looking for two suspects. Several more shots were fired after one of the suspects ran inside the mall. But there are no reports of any injuries and no evacuation was ordered.
An off-duty police officer hired by Wal-Mart had to use pepper spray as he tried to make an arrest and quell a disturbance during shopping at a local store in Kinston, North Carolina.
Shopper Angel Bunting says the incident began when a man waiting in line for mobile phones marked down from $200 to $35 fell into a display.
Tonia Robbins, 55, was in serious condition after being shot by two robbers who demanded her purse at a mall in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Another shopper was shot in a robbery at a Wal-Mart in San Leandro, California. Elsewhere police were investigating a possible shooting in the car park of Valley West Mall in West Des Moines, Iowa.
One man was charged with disorderly conduct after a brawl broke out at a Wal-Mart in Rome, New York state and an explosive device was found at a Wal-Mart in Cave Creek, Arizona.
A robot took away the suspicious device from a fridge that led to the evacuation of that Wal-Mart as police dogs combed the store.
An estimated 152million people are expected to shop over Black Friday weekend, up 10 per cent from last year, according the National Retail Federation.