Black Friday 2012 Violence Widespread, Frenzied Shopper Fights Caught On Video

  @nadinedeninnon.deninno@ibtimes.com on November 26 2012 12:48 PM
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Violence on Black Friday was as widespread as ever, with videos of frenzied shoppers erupting into fights all over the Internet. Reuters

Violence was widespread on Black Friday, the day Americans wait in long lines to score the best deals ahead of the holiday season.

As years previous, Black Friday 2012 was no different, with frenzied shoppers erupting into fights caught on video all over the country, many resulting in arrests.

Police in Tallahassee, Fla., said two people were shot in a Walmart parking lot after a dispute. According to the Los Angeles Times, two people were injured in the shooting and are expected to make a full recovery. Police said the two people, a man and a woman, were fighting over a parking spot at the busy store ahead of the gunfire.

At another Walmart in Georgia, mass fights erupted over discounted smartphones, with people pushing, fighting and stealing boxes from each other's hands, Opposing Views wrote.

The New York Daily News reported one shopper at a Walmart in Altamonte Springs, Fla., was arrested during a fight. While getting arrested, the shopper Samantha Chavez rolled around on the group and screamed that she "didn't do anything" as police cuffed her.

Police were forced to use prepare spray on shoppers at a JCPenney store in Kentwood, Mich., according Opposing Views. Many were caught on the scene punching each other around 1:30 a.m.

In a Philadelphia Walmart, shoppers fought over television sets marked down to $200, though no arrests were made, Philly.com reported.

In Washington, two Walmart shoppers were run down in a parking lot at a Covington store, KING-5 TV reported. The news station said a 71-year-old drunk driver hit the couple as they were walking toward the store.

At a Sears in Texas, two customers reportedly got into a fight and sparked a stampede that injured another person, ABC reported. San Antonio police officer Matthew Porter said a man with a permit pulled a gun out to get to the front of the line.

"It was a little chaotic. People were exiting the store," Porter said. "Fortunately for us, officers responded quickly and were able to ease the commotion."

In Springfield, Mass., a two-year-old was found sleeping locked in a car parked at a plaza near a Kmart. Police said 34-year-old Anthony Perry was caring for the child and lost the boy while shopping for a flat-screen television at Kmart's Black Friday sale.

In Maryland, a 14-year-old boy was robbed by five men in the parking lot of a Bed Bath & Beyond, the Baltimore Sun reported.

But even more shocking are the videos circulating on YouTube of separate instances of violence on Black Friday. Below are some of the videos uploaded by YouTube users showing frenzied shoppers fighting for deals.

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