Shootings, pepper spray, fights darken Black Friday

Shootings, pepper spray, fights darken Black Friday

Aerials from above a Los Angeles Walmart after dozens of people were pepper sprayed by an angry Black Friday shopper, November 25, 2011.

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by Associated Press, KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 25 at 1:09 PM

Violence darkened Black Friday at shopping centers around the country. At least 24 people were injured in incidents around the country.

The most serious incident left a Northern California man in critical but stable condition when he was shot by armed robbers outside a Walmart store.

San Leandro Police said the victim and his family were walking to their car around 1:45 a.m. when they were confronted by a group of men who demanded their purchases. When the family refused, a fight broke out and one of the robbers shot the man.

Witnesses say the Walmart parking lot was crowded with Black Friday shoppers at the time.

Elsewhere, Los Angeles police are looking for a woman who used pepper spray to keep rival shoppers away from merchandise she wanted last night. Twenty people suffered minor injuries after being sprayed at a Walmart.

In Phoenix, an online video shows a grandfather unconscious on the floor of a Walmart with a bloody face after police said he was caught trying to shoplift.

The video shows 54-year-old Jerald Allen Newman unconscious and covered in blood after a police officer took him to the ground Thursday night. Officers in the video are shown trying to sop up blood as outraged customers yell expletives and say, "That's police brutality," and "He wasn't doing anything."

The man's wife and other witnesses say that Newman 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.

In Fayetteville, N.C., police are looking for two suspects who fired shots in a mall. No one was injured there.

Police in upstate New York say two women were injured and a man has been charged after a fight broke out at a Walmart.

Also in Phoenix, a Walmart was evacuated when a suspicious device was found in a refridgerator in an employee break room.

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