A crowd gathers as security guards break up a fight between shoppers waiting in line just as the doors open for Black Friday shopping at a Kentucky department store on Nov. 22, 2012.
The Black Friday shopping frenzy in the US has reportedly not been limited to violence over bargain merchandize within stores as two people were shot in Florida over a parking space outside a Wal-Mart store.
Police in the state’s city of Tallahassee responded to witness reports of gunfire early in the afternoon on Friday and found two people apparently injured by gunfire.
The two, a man and a woman, were then taken to a hospital with reportedly “non life-threatening” wounds.
The shooting incident was just the latest reported rash of violence linked to the first Friday after the nation-wide Thanksgiving holiday in the US, nationally designated as the official beginning of the year-end holiday shopping season.
Moreover, the shoppers’ rush for discounted “smart phones” in a Georgia Wal-Mart on Thursday was reportedly turned into a huge clash between bargain hunters, with people pushing, pulling and ripping packages out of each other's hands before workers were able to restore order.
Further on Friday morning in the state of Texas, two customers inside a Sears department store got into a confrontation, with one man throwing a punch and the other pulling a gun, triggering a stampede that injured a third shopper.
Meanwhile in the Florida incident, police said the two victims were driving to the store together when the altercation with a rival driver began. Both were arguing over the same parking spot in a busy location when gunfire was heard.
Police authorities reportedly refused to elaborate further on the incident, pending further interviews with witnesses. No arrests have yet been reported in the shooting.