LAS VEGAS — As shoppers clamor and claw their way on the busiest shopping day of the day, it’s inevitable that there will be incidents of black Friday violence among shoppers.
In recent years, most retailers have additional security on-hand to deal with crowd control due to the massive crowds who sometimes line up days before the sales being to secure their place.
Black Friday has proven to be so profitable for retailers that, in many cities, Black Friday actually begins on Thursday with bargains being offered throughout the weekend.
In Las Vegas, Target opened it’s doors on Thanksgiving evening.
A man purchased a big screen television at the Target located near Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway, just moments off the famed Las Vegas strip.
He was walking to an apartment complex on Cambridge Street, a somewhat sketchy crime-filled area, with his television set when someone attempted to steal the television.
A scuffle ensued and witnesses said that at least six shots filled the air.
The assailant had the television and was walking back to his car when the victim tried to retrieve his television from the assailant.
They tussled again and the man was shot in the leg.
He was taken to a nearby and is expected to survive.
Thursday’s Las Vegas incident of black Friday violence is currently the most violent incident reported this year.
Other incidents of black Friday violence reported include two women fighting at a Philadelphia Mall.
One of the women appeared to have been zapped with a stun gun.
At various Walmart’s across the US, numerous brawls have taken place while people duke it out for parking spots and tussle over obtaining pricey electronics that have been deeply discounted.
Although black Friday violence occurs each year, the state of the economy is likely a contributing factor in fueling the fights.