Black Friday: Pushing, pandemonium and stun guns at Wal-Mart
The retail behemoth has had a long 12 hours since it opened its doors to bargain-hunters at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.
First came news that a woman had squirted pepper spray at fellow shoppers in an attempt to snatch a discounted Xbox in what one official called a display of "competitive shopping." Then, police in San Leandro said a customer had been shot in an attempted robbery at a Wal-Mart there.
Reports of more shootings and brawls began trickling in from across the country.
Witnesses in Buckeye, Ariz., told Phoenix television station KSAZ that police officers slammed a grandfather onto a concrete floor after he tucked a video game into his waistband while lifting his grandson out of the way of surging crowds. A video purporting to show the incident, along with onlookers using strong language at officers, is here.
In Florence, Ala., news channel WAFF said police used a stun gun to twice shock an unruly Wal-Mart shopper. The 22-year-old was then arrested and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Twitter user HurrAKAneCam19 tweeted a video (below) of Wal-Mart customers shoving each other to get at merchandise and then wrote "my sis almost lost her life for a $2 waffle maker!!!!"
-- Tiffany Hsu
Photo: A San Leandro police officer, right, holds a bloody shirt as evidence is gathered at the scene of a shooting at a Wal-Mart store on Friday. Credit: Jane Tyska / Bay Area News Group / Associated Press
Video credit: Ms. Clark to you, via Twitvid