Scenes From Black Friday: Gunshots, Pepper Spray

... and some shopping, too
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 25, 2011 6:54 AM CST
Updated Nov 25, 2011 10:16 AM CST

(Newser) – The American holiday shopping season has begun in earnest. Early signs point to bigger crowds than last year, but the violence keeps mounting on Black Friday (especially at Walmarts):

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  • The lowlight so far is probably this nasty pepper-spray incident at a Los Angeles Walmart.
  • In Northern California, a shopper got shot when he resisted a pair of armed robbers outside a Walmart store in San Leandro. He is in stable condition, and the shooter is at large.
  • In Fayetteville, NC, gunfire erupted at Cross Creek Mall, and police say they're looking for two suspects. No injuries were reported.
  • Police say two women have been injured and a man charged after a fight broke out at a Walmart near Syracuse.
  • In central Florida, a man is behind bars after a fight broke out at a jewelry counter in Walmart in Kissimmee.
  • A Phoenix television station reported witness accounts that police slammed a grandfather in a Walmart in Buckeye, Ariz., to the ground after he allegedly put a game in his waistband so that he could lift his grandson out of the crowd.
(Read more Black Friday stories.)

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