Scattered Shopping Violence Reported Before Black Friday


A police officer responding to a call of alleged shoplifting at a Chicago-area store Thursday shot the driver of a car that was dragging a fellow cop, authorities said — just one of several reports of violence ahead of Black Friday, according to the New York Post. In the Chicago case, police shot the driver just after 10 p.m. Thursday after responding to a call of two people allegedly shoplifting clothes from a Kohl's store in Romeoville.

In northern New Jersey, police say they pepper sprayed and arrested a man at a Wal-Mart after a Thanksgiving shopping dispute. Authorities say the man got “belligerent” while arguing with a shopper over a television Thursday night, and then attacked a Garfield police officer when the manager called for help. In California, a San Bernardino police officer was hurt breaking up one of three fights at a Wal-Mart between two shoppers, after the store let thousands of people enter ahead of its scheduled 8 p.m. opening, sparking chaos. And in Virginia, an argument over a Wal-Mart parking space ended with a 35-year-old man being stabbed in the arm.

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