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Black Friday violence: Two shot in Wal-Mart parking space dispute

November 23, 2012|By Joseph Serna

The Black Friday frenzy was not confined to the inside of the stores Friday, when police in Tallahassee, Fla. said two people were shot in a dispute over a parking space outside a Wal-Mart.

At about 12:30 p.m. police responded to the parking lot after witnesses reporting the gunfire.

Officers found two people injured -- a man and a woman -- who were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. Both are expected to make a full recovery.

Police said the victims were going to the store together when the confrontation with a rival driver began. Both were arguing for the same spot in a busy area when shots rang out.

Authorities declined to provide further details on the incident. Officers were still interviewing witnesses Friday evening.

No arrests have been made, but officers were looking for a dark green Toyota Camry that fled the scene.

Local media reported that the store was temporarily closed but has since reopened.

The shooting was just the latest spate of violence associated with a day that marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

The rush for discounted smartphones in a Georgia Wal-Mart on Thursday briefly turned into a melee with people pushing, pulling and ripping packages out of each other's hands before workers restored order.

On Friday morning in Texas, two customers inside a Sears got into a confrontation, with one man throwing a punch and the other pulling a gun, sparking a stampede that injured a third customer.

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 joseph.serna@latimes.com

@josephserna

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