Three people were killed and at least six others injured Friday after gunfire erupted outside of shopping centers across the United States during one of retail’s busiest days of the year.
Black Friday bargain hunters bore witness to no fewer than five shootings in four states this year, according to various local news reports, including fatal altercations in Texas and New Jersey.
In San Antonio, police said a Good Samaritan who tried to intervene in a domestic assault outside of a Walmart was shot in the neck and killed at around 4 p.m. Friday. Authorities arrested a suspect identified as Telles Juarez, 21, and said he’d be charged with murder and aggravated assault.
Near Atlantic City, police said two brothers were shot, one fatally, early Friday morning outside of a Macy’s department store at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing, New Jersey.
Demond Cottman, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot multiple times, Fox News reported. His brother, 26-year-old Shadi Cottman, was listed in stable condition Saturday after being shot in the leg.
The incident reportedly occurred in the Macy’s parking lot at around 1 a.m. Friday, while the store was open and offering Black Friday discounts. The remainder of the mall was opened to shoppers around five hours later for Black Friday sales.
A third fatal shooting reported moments after a Walmart in Reno, Nevada opened its doors Thursday evening was being described by police afterwards as the result of road rage. Authorities believe the victim, an unidentified 33-year-old, had been arguing over a parking space at around 6:05 p.m. Thursday when another motorist drew a gun and opened fire.
In Tennessee, meanwhile, malls in Memphis and Chattanooga both witnessed post-Thanksgiving shootings that ended with injuries. Police have arrested Derrick Blackburn, 19, and charged him with critically wounding a 21-year-old in front of Memphis’s Wolfchase Galleria Mall on Thursday evening. Two others were injured the following afternoon when shots were fired outside of the Hamilton Place mall just before 4 p.m. Friday.