More Black Friday violence at Wal-Mart: One shot in San Leandro
Hours after a woman attacked fellow shoppers with pepper spray inside a Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch, another shopper was shot in an attempted robbery outside another of the store’s chains in the East Bay suburb of San Leandro.
The victim, along with family members, was walking to the parking lot between 1 and 2 a.m. when three or four suspects confronted the group and demanded that they turn over their purchases, Sgt. Mike Sobek of the San Leandro Police Department told Bay City News Service.
When the family refused, a fight broke out and one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot the victim, police said. Family members wrestled one of the suspects to the ground while the rest fled.
The victim was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition, while the detained suspect -- a man in his mid-20s -- was arrested, police said.
The Wal-Mart had opened at 10 p.m. to offer Black Friday bargains.
Wal-Mart stores around the country were hit by Black Friday violence, according to CNN. Two people were hurt in an apparent armed robbery attempt while leaving a Wal-Mart store in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 1 a.m. The assailants struck a man on the head and shot a woman in the leg but then fled when another shopper brandished a gun, police said.
A man in Kissimmee, Fla. was arrested around 1 a.m. after fighting at a Wal-Mart jewelry counter. Another scuffle in a Wal-Mart electronics aisle in Rome, N.Y., moments after midnight ended with two people in the hospital for minor injuries.
-- Tiffany Hsu
Photo: Shoppers vie for copies of video games at a Black Friday sale at a Wal-Mart store in Mentor, Ohio. Credit: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg