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Black Friday brings out the dark side in some shoppers

Bowling Green, Ky.: A crowd gathers as security guards attempt to break up a fight outside of a Target on Thursday night between shoppers who were waiting in line just as the doors opened up for Black Friday sales.

Associated Press

Bowling Green, Ky.: A crowd gathers as security guards attempt to break up a fight outside of a Target on Thursday night between shoppers who were waiting in line just as the doors opened up for Black Friday sales.

For all the joy that they bring, the holidays sometimes have a dark side. A few examples:

TALLAHASSEE: Police say two people were shot Friday at a Walmart. A police spokesman says the victims' wounds weren't considered life-threatening. It wasn't immediately known whether the shooting happened inside or outside the store or whether it was related to Black Friday shopping. No arrests have been made.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.: Police say a man left his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in a car while he went shopping for Black Friday bargains, then went home with his new 51-inch flat screen television and left the toddler behind. Police, alerted by store security, found the boy asleep about 1:30 a.m. Friday and rescued him. When they tracked the man to his Springfield home he said he lost the boy while shopping, panicked and called someone for a ride. Police say they expected to charge him with reckless endangerment of a child.

San Antonio, Texas: A shopper who brandished a handgun during a Black Friday scuffle in a line at Sears at South Park Mall was within his rights, according to police. Officers were told that Jose Alonzo Salame, 33, was punched in the face by Alejandro Alex, 35. Salame was detained but not charged because he has a license to carry a gun. "We don't see this very often," Officer Matthew Porter said. "He was within his rights."

Times wires

For all the joy that they bring, the holidays sometimes have a dark side. A few examples:

TALLAHASSEE:, Police here say two people were shot Friday at a Walmart. A police spokesman says the victims' wounds that weren't considered life-threatening. It wasn't immediately known whether the shooting happened inside or outside the store or whether it was related to Black Friday shopping. No arrests have been made.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.: Police say a man left his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in a car while he went shopping for Black Friday bargains, then went home with his new 51-inch flat screen television and left the toddler behind. Police, alerted by store security, found the boy asleep at about 1:30 a.m. Friday and rescued him. When they tracked the man to his Springfield home he said he lost the boy while shopping, panicked and called someone for a ride. Police say they expected to charge him with reckless endangerment of a child.

San Antonio, Texas: A shopper who brandished a handgun during a Black Friday scuffle in a line at Sears at South Park Mall was within his rights, according to police. Officers were told that Jose Alonzo Salame, 33, had been rude to people in line and was punched in the face by Alejandro Alex, 35. Salame pulled a black 9 mm semi-automatic handgun. He was detained but not charged because he has a license to carry a gun. "We don't see this very often," Officer Matthew Porter said. "He was within his rights."

Times wires

Black Friday brings out the dark side in some shoppers 11/23/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 23, 2012 11:22pm]
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