Woman Pepper Sprays Other Black Friday Shoppers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman suspected of showering Black Friday shoppers with pepper spray surrendered to authorities but was released pending further investigation after she refused to discuss the incident, police said Saturday.

The woman, whose name was not released, is suspected of firing pepper spray into a crowd in order to clear a path to a crate of Xbox video game players that were being unwrapped late Thanksgiving night at a Walmart in the upscale Porter Ranch section of the San Fernando Valley.

The suspect got away in the confusion, and it was not known if she bought one of the Xboxes. Ten people suffered minor injuries from the spray and 10 others sustained cuts and bruises in the ensuing chaos.

“Last night at 8:30 the suspect involved in the pepper spray incident at the Porter Ranch Walmart turned herself in,” police Sgt. Jose Valle said Saturday. She immediately invoked her right against self-incrimination, however, and refused to discuss the incident further.

Police released her pending further investigation.

Valle said investigators still have nearly a dozen witnesses to interview, including several spraying victims. He added it would likely be at least two days before an arrest in the case could be made.

If the woman who surrendered is indeed the person who sprayed the crowd she could face battery charges.

The attack took place about 10:30 p.m., shortly after the Walmart opened its doors for the traditional Black Friday sales that kick off the Christmas shopping season. A crowd of people had gathered to wait for store employees to unwrap the crate of discounted Xboxes.

The incident was one of several across the nation that marred this year’s Black Friday.

In the most serious case, a robber shot a shopper who refused to give up his purchases outside a Walmart in the San Francisco suburb of San Leandro. The victim was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

San Leandro police said the victim and his family were walking to their car around 1:45 a.m. Friday when they were confronted by a group of men who demanded their shopping items. When the family refused, a fight broke out, and one of the robbers pulled a gun and shot the man, said Sgt. Mike Sobek.


Associated Press Writer Terry Tang contributed to this story.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

  • Obama nation

    Stupid people, joining in a mob, to buy junk that they cannot afford………..

  • Sylar

    Roys dumb comment will probably be removed, apparently you have not seen the history of what the white people having been doing that day, or just throughout history out of control!! Reminds me of Germany in the 1930s!

    • Imsorryimblack

      Well, obviously the white’s were well behaved, As the Blacks totally took over the headlines, As usual

  • Imsorryimblack

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say 20 Black people had minor injuries when a Black woman shot other Black customers with Black pepper spray during a Black Friday sale

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