Violence breaks out at some Black Friday sales

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Associated Press

Posted on November 25, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 25 at 9:05 AM

UNDATED (AP) — Authorities say there's more than pushing and shoving going on as the holiday shopping gets under way.

Los Angeles police are looking for a woman who used pepper spray to keep rival shoppers away from merchandise she wanted last night. Twenty people suffered minor injuries after being sprayed at a Walmart.

In Fayetteville, N.C., police are looking for two suspects who fired shots in a mall. There are no reports of injuries.

Police in upstate New York say two women were injured and a man has been charged after a fight broke out at a Walmart.

And a Phoenix TV station (KSAZ) reports that a grandfather was roughed up by police in a Walmart after he allegedly put a game in his waistband so he could lift his grandson out of an unruly crowd. Witnesses told the station that police slammed the man to the ground -- possibly thinking he was stealing the game.

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123-a-06-(Marcellino Lopez, shopper at a Toys R Us store, in AP interview)-"it's all gone"-Marcellino Lopez says he's very satisfied with his first early shopping experience on Black Friday. (25 Nov 2011)

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126-a-08-(Carrie Andrews, shopper at a Toys R Us, in AP interview)-"running pretty good"-Carrie Andrews says Black Friday, so far, is not as hectic at the stores, compared to other years. (25 Nov 2011)

<<CUT *126 (11/25/11)>> 00:08 "running pretty good"

125-a-12-(Rea Helm, shopper at a Toys R Us store, in AP interview)-"it was good"-Rea Helm says she was overwhelmed by all the people who showed up Thursday night at Toys R Us. (('tonight' refers to Thursday)) (25 Nov 2011)

<<CUT *125 (11/25/11)>> 00:12 "it was good"

GRAPHICSBANK 1122651: Holiday shoppers wait in line inside Target store, Roswell, Georgia, on texture with BLACK FRIDAY lettering, finished graphic (25 Nov 2011)

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APPHOTO CAJH111: Two customers walk with their purchased items after shopping at a Kohl's department store in La Habra, Calif., Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. Thousands of shoppers lined up at Macy's, Best Buy and other stores nationwide to buy everything from toys to tablets on Black Friday despite the economic downturn and some planned protests of the shopping holiday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (25 Nov 2011)

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APPHOTO ILNH103: Unidentified shoppers rush into a Kmart in Chicago on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. Black Friday began in earnest as stores opened their doors at midnight. Thousands of shoppers lined up at Macy's, Best Buy and other stores nationwide to buy everything from toys to tablets on Black Friday despite the economic downturn and some planned protests of the shopping holiday.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (25 Nov 2011)

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