At least one person was shot, brawling people shut down a mall, a man was thrown into shelving at a Kmart, and a Wal-mart was set on fire during a wild Black Friday shopping run at stores across the nation.
And it might not be over yet. About two out of every three Americans are planning to hit the stores over the weekend and through Cyber Monday. Outbursts and fighting are an annual Black Friday shopping tradition, and 2017 is no exception.
At Columbia Mall in Columbia, Mo., a man allegedly shot a 19-year-old, leaving the victim with life-threatening injuries, Fox News reported. The man reportedly was trying to put his gun in its holster when it went off. Investigators are trying to determine if it was an accident or not. No arrests were reported.
In Alabama, a mall shut down early Thursday after shoppers got physical while hunting for bargains, AL.com reported. In one of the fights, two women got into it on a second floor of the mall. At one point, a shoe was thrown, striking a baby in the head. The Galleria shut down 40 minutes early, but reopened Friday morning.
A man was thrown into shelving at a Kmart and rolled around the floor in pain while other shoppers calmly walked by with their items, The Daily Caller reported. The location of the store was not included in reports or in a video posted Thanksgiving night.
Texas got into the act early, as the aisles were literally set ablaze at a War-mart in Cedar Park on Wednesday, WDBJ-TV reports. Shopper Jackie Sinclair told the TV station she was getting some last-minute items for Thanksgiving when she saw flames shooting up to the ceiling in one of the clothing sections.
Sinclair said she saw the massive flames and pulled out her cellphone to record it as employees frantically ran around to see what was happening.
“I was like hang on let me show the kids,” she told WDBJ-TV. “I’m one of those moms – I show my kids everything.”
Cedar Park Fire Marshal Randle Blesing said another fire was started near the vacuum cleaners aisle.
“Everyone made it out safe, though, no one is in there and that’s a good thing,” he noted.
Here’s a Twitter round-up of other Black Friday shopping melees:
Black Friday was invented for the weak, gullible & ignorant. You do realize studies PROVE most of items on "sale" were same price a month & 2 months ago- without the long lines, mob scenes, hysteria & violence? https://t.co/tlpSJlOe3M
— Wayne Allyn Root (@WayneRoot) November 24, 2017
— WSFA 12 News (@wsfa12news) November 24, 2017
Best time of year Black Friday Fights https://t.co/rHRPS1q4Nm
— Shven🎄 (@oShven) November 24, 2017