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Air Jordans: Gunfire during sale at mall results in arrest

December 24, 2011 |  7:52 am

Air Jordans for Christmas

More details are emerging about a gunshot that disrupted a sale of Nike Air Jordans at a Northern California shopping mall.

A shot was fired Friday morning while about 1,000 people waited to purchase the shoes at the Hilltop Mall in Richmond.

Police arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the incident that forced shoppers to clear the area for hours.

Authorities said the gun apparently went off by accident. "It appears at this point that it was simply a negligent discharge of a firearm," Richmond police Lt. Lori Curran told the Contra Costa Times.

At the Bayfair Mall in San Leandro, another huge group of shoppers was turned away.

In this case, police said some people waiting to purchase the shoes forced their way into the mall before the stores were open, said the Bay Citizen.

There is heavy demand for the shoes. Police in Seattle used pepper spray to break up a crowd trying to purchase shoes Friday morning.

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Photo: Nike Air Jordans like these are at the center of the uproar. Credit: Danese Kenon / The Indianapolis Star/Associated Press

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