Atlanta GA Nov 26 2016 At least six people were shot across the country during Black Friday sales, including a Walmart customer who died in a fight over a parking space.
Four separate shootings — at a New Jersey Macy’s, two Tennessee malls and a Nevada Walmart — killed two people and wounded four more. All the attacks happened outside of the stores as holiday shoppers inside loaded up on door busters and deals.
Demond Cottman, 20, was shot and killed around 1 a.m. in front of a mall in Mays Landing, CBS Philadelphia reported.
His brother, Shadi Cottman, was wounded in the leg when the shooting broke out at Hamilton Mall, in the parking lot next to the Macy’s store.
Police haven’t released any information about suspects or detailed a possible motive.
Macy’s Black Friday sales started Friday evening, and the store was open at the time of the shooting. The rest of the mall did not open to shoppers until 6 a.m.
In Reno, a Walmart shopper was shot and killed just minutes after Black Friday door busters began on Thursday night.
Police said the unidentified 33-year-old victim was gunned down at 6:05 p.m. in a driveway leading up to the superstore, KOLO TV reported. The gunman and his victim were fighting over a parking spot, officials said.
The shooter — described as a black man in a dark-colored Toyota, with damage to the side windows and brake lights — fled the scene.
While police described the shooting as a road rage incident unrelated to any Black Friday shopping, Walmart’s door busters began at 6 p.m. Thursday.
A 21-year-old Tennessee man was critically wounded in a Thursday night shooting in front of Memphis’s Wolfchase Galleria Mall.
Derrick Blackburn, 19, was arrested in relation to that shooting, cops said.
Witnesses said Blackburn fired several shots in the parking lot and then sped off in a red Ford Mustang, WREG reported.
The mall was open at the time of the shooting, with many stores offering Black Friday sales a day early. Police did not immediately reveal a motive for the shooting.
Two more Tennesseans were wounded when gunfire erupted outside a mall in Chattanooga Friday afternoon after a fight inside, according to WRCB.
Police, who had one suspect in custody Friday night, said neither victim had life-threatening injuries, and that the "disorder" was not shopping-related.