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Air Jordan sales at California malls spur gunfire, unruly crowds

December 23, 2011 |  1:57 pm

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Huge crowds that came out to purchase Nike Air Jordan shoes Friday caused disruptions at two California shopping centers.

In Vallejo, a shot was fired at a mall as a line of more than 1,000 people waited to purchase the shoes. No one was hurt, but shoppers were told to clear the area. Police have arrested a suspect in the case, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Customers had to wait several hours before returning to purchase shoes.

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