Black Friday Shopping Marred by Fatal Shootings

At least 3 killed in incidents outside malls and Walmarts
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2016 11:05 AM CST
Black Friday Shopping Marred by Fatal Shootings
Black Friday shoppers at a Target in New Jersey.   (Photo by Noah K. Murray/Invision for Target/AP Images)

(Newser) – At least nine people were wounded—three of them fatally—in shootings during Black Friday shopping across the US. A man in a Walmart parking in San Antonio, Texas, tried to intervene Friday when he saw another man punching a woman in the head, Reuters reports. Police say the other man shot the Good Samaritan in the neck, killing him. A woman with the Good Samaritan was wounded by shrapnel, and a female shopper was in critical condition after catching a stray bullet. "You have to give credit to the man for being willing to intervene," the police chief says. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, an argument inside a mall spilled into the parking lot, where one person was shot in the leg and another in the arm, according to WRCB. Police say at least one victim is a gang member.

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A 21-year-old man died Friday after being shot multiple times outside a mall in Mays Landing, New Jersey, CBS Philadelphia reports. His 26-year-old brother was shot in the leg. Police released few details on the shooting. Two of the shootings occurred during early Black Friday shopping on Thursday night. According to KOLO, a 33-year-old man was fatally shot during a road-rage incident in the parking lot of a Walmart in Reno, Nevada. In Memphis, Tennessee, a 21-year-old was shot and injured outside a mall food court, WREG reports. “It’s sad,” one regular Black Friday shopper told CBS after witnessing the New Jersey shooting. "It’s getting scary now.” (Read more Black Friday stories.)

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