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Woman Attacks With Pepper Spray in 'Shopping Rage' Over Xbox at Wal-Mart

'My eyes, my eyes,' cries a victim at the Porter Ranch Town Center.

A woman wildly pepper-sprayed customers dashing for doorbuster bargains inside the Porter Ranch Wal-Mart Thursday night just 10 minutes after the store opened.

A fleeing victim cried  "My eyes, my eyes," according to a witness sending a Twitter message. The fight was reportedly over an Xbox 360 video game.

"This was customer-versus-customer 'shopping rage,'" Los Angeles Police Lt. Abel Parga told the Los Angeles Times.

And the LAPD expects to release a photo of the suspect to the media very soon, a police sergeant said.

"It generally takes a day or two to coordinate with Wal-Mart Security'' to get video footage shot around a store, said Sgt. A.J. De Bellis at the Devonshire police station.

Los Angeles firefighters were called to aid 20 injured customers, LAFD spokesman Shawn Lenske said. Injuries were minor, he said.

As for charges, "at the very least, it's battery,'' De Bellis said, "a minimum of one charge per involved person. Not a very bright thing (for her) to have done.''

"A woman with two children in tow became upset with the way people were pushing in line. (A) witness said she pulled out pepper spray and sprayed the other people in line," NBC4 reported.

"The female suspect was waiting with other shoppers for some items
wrapped in plastic to be released for sale at 10 p.m.,'' Officer P. Rimkunas told City News Service. "At 10, when the plastic was ripped off, she sprayed.''

"The woman, who is still being sought, used the spray in more than one area of the Wal-Mart 'to gain preferred access to a variety of locations in the store,'" Los Angeles Fire Capt. James Carson told the Los Angeles Times.

"She was competitive shopping," he said.

Although a crowd in the thousands mobbed Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Toys-R-Us at the Porter Ranch Town Center, lines were orderly outside the stores as early Christmas shopping began. While the shopping day is traditionally known as Black Friday, stores opened late Thursday instead. Toys-R-Us opened at 9 p.m. Wal-Mart opened at 10 p.m.

"It was an unhappy customer," who spritzed pepper spray at 10:10 p.m., said  Parga, at the LAPD Devonshire Station. The suspect then fled  the store.

Parga said only one person needed to be transported to a hospital for treatment.

One section of the store was cleared while victims were treated and the pepper spray dissipated, Parga said. Meanwhile, the store remained open and shopping  continued.

Sergeant De Bellis said he expects the Wal-Mart video to be clear enough to help
identify the suspect. "Eventually this will catch up with her,'' he said.

Studio City Patch and City News Service contributed to this report.

Dori November 25, 2011 at 08:31 AM
Seriously? /Seriously????/
Maureen Barrett November 25, 2011 at 08:56 AM
What an ass. Who does that? Even worse she got away, are you kidding me? With all the security there you would think she would have been caught before she left. It will be interesting to find out why she was able to leave unnoticed. Hopefully parking lot cameras got something the police can use.
Saul Daniels November 25, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Were you at Wal-Mart? Tell us what you saw.
Heather Dale November 25, 2011 at 05:05 PM
A woman pepper sprays a crowd for an X-box and she's charged for battery. A police officer pepper sprays someone fighting for their rights and that's legal.
Brandt Hardin November 25, 2011 at 09:48 PM
Incidents such as these are sad and shameful for the world-view of our country. Just 24 hours after we are supposed to give thanks and show compassion for those in need, all of this comes to surface from the Capitalist mania the public is worked into by Big Business. I wrote an article about the true meaning behind our holiday and a warning about our national disgrace which is Black Friday at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2010/11/wishing-you-and-yours-bountiful-harvest.html

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