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Post time 2013-12-1 06:22:49 |Display all floors
Shoppers got more than they bargained for beginning Thursday evening as retail outlets across the United States opened their doors early for annual Black Friday deal seekers, predictably prompting an array of violent episodes from city to city.

                  With some stores starting their Black Friday discounts early  Thanksgiving evening, consumers in cities across the United  States lined up for hours, in some instances days, to snag deep  deals at the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season.  Just as in years past, however, an array of incidents in shopping  aisles and parking lots from suburbs and major cities alike had  already occurred by early Friday.


  Shoot-outs and physical altercations have already marred this  year’s Black Friday for many. One instance of that unfolded late  on Thursday near Chicago, when a police officer was dragged by  the car of a fleeing suspected shoplifter, leaving the cop with  serious but non-life-threatening injuries.


  The ordeal unraveled on Thursday night outside of a Kohl’s  department store in Romeoville, Illinois, where an officer had to  open fire at the escaping driver in order to prevent the vehicle  from speeding away with another cop’s arm caught in the car’s  door. Moments earlier two officers arrived at the store and  attempted to confront a 51-year-old suspected shoplifter,  according to the Sun-Times, but the man made it into a getaway  vehicle and managed to escape with the help of a driver, who was  later hit by at least one of the three or four shots fired by a  backup officer in an effort to stop the car. Police told the  paper that the officer,   who was dragged by the vehicle,  suffered a non-life-threatening shoulder injury, and the two men  who had attempted to flee the scene were charged along with a  third suspect.


  At that crime scene and others, customers in many instances  continued to shop late Thursday into early Friday, seemingly  unaffected by gun shots and violence according to many local  reports.


  "Is the store open?" one would-be Kohl’s shopper asked the  Chicago Tribune as passers-by attempted to make sense of the  officer-involved shooting. "What happened?"

  Another witness named Phil Koster told WLS-TV that he was five  feet from everything that happened, and said he was “a little  shaken up” as a result, but “not bad or anything.”

It was a civilian that did the shooting on Thursday evening  across the country in Las Vegas, where two suspects approached a  man who had just purchased a big-screen television from a local  Target store and fired warning shots. According to a local CBS  affiliate, the two suspects stole the newly purchased TV and  tried to take off with it in their car, but the victim approached  them and attempted to recover it himself, prompting one of the  thieves to shoot several times, sending the man to a local  hospital with non-life-threatening injuries as well.

  In Rialto, California, police handled no fewer than three brawls  at a single Walmart before 8 p.m., one of which ended with an  officer being sent to the hospital with a broken wrist. He  suffered his injury after attempting to break up one of a handful  of altercations, and cops had to arrest several men at the store  for a series of charges, according to the San Bernardino Sun,  including suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for one man.


  Walmart spokeswoman, Betsy Harden, told the Sun that “The  fight at the Rialto store was an unfortunate and isolated  incident to an otherwise very safe event,” and insisted that  “Providing our customers with the best and safest shopping  experience is always our top priority.” Reports from  elsewhere suggest stores of all sorts played host to violent acts  this Black Friday, however, including at least another two at  other Walmart retail centers.


  At a Walmart store in Garfield, New Jersey, police had to pepper  spray and then arrest a man after he argued with a store manager,  and then became “belligerent” over a television, according  to The Star-Ledger. When police intervened, the man attempted to  attack an officer, the paper reported, landing the 23-year-old  suspect in jail facing charges of aggravated assault of a police  officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to  Garfield Police Lt. Martin Gray. And yet another Walmart was the  scene of a stabbing late on Thursday, this time in Claypool Hill,  Virginia. According to WVVA, two men were arguing over a parking  space outside the store when one of them pulled a firearm,  prompting the other to draw a knife and slice “down to the  bone.” Both men were taken to jail on multiple charges.


  Local news reports and amateur video trickled in throughout  Friday morning with reports of similar incidents across the  country, but according to one shopper who saw a brawl unfold  inside an unidentified Walmart, employees ordered him out of the  store for attempting to videotape the incident.


The man, Brian Spain, wrote on his YouTube page that he visited  the store “went in, and expected to interview people about why  they are there.” When he saw a horde of people piled on top  of one another to get discounted merchandise, though, he began to  film, provoking an employee to approach him and promptly remove  him from the store, ignoring the violent altercation that had  alerted him in the first place.


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