The Los Angeles Times reports that a scuffle broke out shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday night, just before shopping was to begin, among customers waiting to buy Xbox gaming consoles and Wii video games.
Alejandra Seminario, told the Times she was waiting in line to buy toys about 9:55 p.m. when there was a commotion in the next aisle when shoppers began tearing off plastic encasing gaming consoles.
“People started screaming, pulling and pushing each other, and then the whole area filled up with pepper spray,” she said.
Seminario breathed some in and started coughing. “I did not want to get involved. I was too scared. I just stayed in the toy aisle,” she said.
Wal-mart storeMatthew Lopez went to the Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch on Thursday night for the Black Friday sale but instead was caught in a pepper-spray attack by a woman who authorities said was “competitive shopping.”
Wes Elder of the Los Angeles County Fire Department told Reuters that a patron inside the store had deployed pepper spray. “It resulted in 20 patients total that had just a brief exposure to the pepper spray.”
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