NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) — “Black Friday” lived up to its namesake as shoppers were killed and injured across the United States — when some retail squabbles turned into violent crimes, authorities said.
At a New Jersey Macy’s, a 21-year-old man was shot dead around 1 a.m. local time Friday and his brother was wounded. The suspected shooter was not immediately captured. The shooting also left an SUV riddled with bullet holes.
In Nevada, a 33-year-old man was shot dead in a Walmart parking lot in Reno — reportedly the result of two shoppers fighting over a parking space.
Another man was wounded at the Wolfchase Galleria Mall in Memphis, Tenn., when a perpetrator shot him in the parking lot. Three people were later arrested, but two were ultimately released.
“Black Friday,” one of the busiest shopping days of the year, is often marred by incidents of violence as shoppers crowd stores for deeply-discounted merchandise.
“It’s sad,” one shopper said. “We’ve been doing this, me and my girls, for probably about 10 years now, just for the fun of going out — a girls’ night and trying to get some special sales, and it’s getting scary now.”