Black Friday Violence in Other Parts of the Country

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(AP) - Authorities say there's more than pushing and shoving going on as the holiday shopping gets under way.

Los Angeles police are looking for a woman who used pepper spray to keep rival shoppers away from merchandise she wanted last night. Twenty people suffered minor injuries after being sprayed at a Walmart.

In Fayetteville, N.C., police are looking for two suspects who fired shots in a mall. There are no reports of injuries.

Police in upstate New York say two women were injured and a man has been charged after a fight broke out at a Walmart.

And a Phoenix TV station reports that a grandfather was roughed up by police in a Walmart after he allegedly put a game in his waistband so he could lift his grandson out of an unruly crowd. Witnesses told the station that police slammed the man to the ground -- possibly thinking he was stealing the game.

Calif. Black Friday shopper shot in failed robbery

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Northern California say a Black Friday shopper was shot when he resisted a pair of armed robbers outside a Walmart store.

Police say the victim was coming out of the San Leandro store around 1:45 a.m. with family members when they were confronted by two men who demanded their purchases. When the family refused, a fight broke out and the gunman fired a single shot.

KGO-TV reports a family member detained one of the suspects until officers arrived, but the gunman got away.

The victim is in stable condition at a hospital.

Witnesses say the Walmart parking lot was crowded with Black Friday shoppers at the time, and many ran back into the store when the shot was fired. The store was briefly closed while police investigated.

Gang Related Stabbing Outside Sacramento Macy's

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Police say a man was stabbed outside a Sacramento mall in an apparent gang-related incident as Black Friday shoppers were crowding the area.

The stabbing stemmed from a fight between two groups around 3 a.m. in front of the Macy's department store at Arden Fair Mall, which opened at midnight offering post-Thanksgiving bargains.

KCRA-TV  spoke to a witness, Richard Swift, who said the argument involved three men. Swift says it started when a man made a comment about the females with the other group. Police say the victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the two suspects fled. They're reviewing surveillance video that will help them identify the men.

The incident did not interrupt shopping activity at the mall.

Black Friday Shoppers Robbed at Gunpoint in South Carolina

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say two Black Friday shoppers were robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Hilton Head Island shopping center.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that a man and woman were walking back to their car from Walmart at around 1:30 a.m. Friday when two men approached them with a gun. Beaufort County Sheriff's Lt. Matthew Averill says the men made off with about $1,000 in cash and personal items worth $310.

No arrests have been made, and authorities are still investigating.

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