Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday pepper-spray attack injures 20

Black Friday, the biggest U.S. shopping day, has taken some unfortunate turns — including at one Los Angeles-area Wal-Mart where a woman allegedly used pepper spray to gain an edge over fellow shoppers and injured 20 people.

The pepper-spray incident happened shortly after the store opened Thursday evening as shoppers prowled the aisles for discounts.

Elsewhere, police in Fayetteville, N.C., were searching for two suspects after gunshots rang out at a local mall early Friday. And two women in upstate New York were facing charges after a fight broke out at a Wal-Mart.

But for the most part, Black Friday has been largely peaceful, with hundreds of people lining up overnight in search of bargains at stores such as Best Buy, Target, and Abercrombie & Fitch, which opened at midnight ET following the U.S. Thanksgiving. more