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Photographers follow protesters marching in front of the Walmart in Paramount on Black Friday.
Late Thursday night a man was waiting in line at a Sears store in San Antonio for an early Black Friday sale when somebody punched him in the face. The San Antonio Express-News reports that he pulled his 9 mm semi-automatic handgun on his alleged assailant and caused a bit of panic at the South Park Mall. But police say the gun owner was within his rights because he had a concealed handgun license and was defending himself.
A Walmart in Florida shut down for more than two hours Friday after two people were shot outside a store in Tallahassee. WCTV reports that witnesses say two couples were arguing when a shopping cart hit the side of the car; that prompted a man get out of his car and start shooting. The two victims went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Just after midnight on Friday, shoppers literally busted down the door at the Urban Outfitters in Santa Monica. Only five people were injured, none seriously, says the Los Angeles Times. "They just shattered the glass doors at this Urban Outfitters! Haha," tweeted Adan Cabrales after he took this picture of the scene.
A Walmart in Moultrie, Georgia was the scene of perhaps the most dramatic Black Friday video as customers swarmed a deal on a cell phone with a prepaid, unlimited usage plan. Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove told the Associated Press that the incident was unfortunate, but isolated. No one was hurt and no one was kicked out of the store.
Pepper spray was used as teens got unruly in a Michigan mall. "I guess someone sprayed pepper spray and everyone's running away from jcpenny, coughing and gagging. Woodland Mall, omg," tweeted Krystal Schaible.
Meanwhile in Paramount, nine protesters were arrested Friday when they would not leave the street in front of the Walmart. Three of those arrested are Walmart employees, four are clergy members. "Before noon today over 1,000 people were protesting at the Walmart in Paramount. They protested peacefully but at one point over 1,000 people went out into the street and began to block traffic," L.A. County Sheriffs Dept. Captain Mike Parker told NBCLA. The nine who were arrested planned on being taken away, Cpt. Parker added.