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Black Friday Madness Sparks Violence, Shootings Across the Country

Violent incidents break out in New Jersey, Nevada and Tennessee as frenzied shoppers hit stores hunting for deals

Black Friday madness sparked violence and shootings across the country, with shoppers being gunned down in a number of states including New Jersey, Nevada and Tennessee.

According to CBS Philly, two people were shot — one fatally — in the parking lot of a southern New Jersey mall early Black Friday. It took place outside of the Macy’s department store at the Hamilton Mall in the Mays Landing area at around 1 a.m.

A 20-year-old man died while his 26-year-old brother was left in stable condition with a gunshot wound to his leg. The suspect is still at large.

KOLO TV reported that a 33-year-old man was shot and killed at a Walmart in Reno, Nevada, on Friday. Police are searching for a dark-colored Toyota Camry or Corolla, Reno Police Department, Lt. Scott Shaw said.

News Channel 3, WREG Memphis reported that three people were arrested in Memphis, Tennessee, after a shooting outside Wolfchase Galleria Mall. Two of the three suspects have since been released, while suspect Derrick Blackburn was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

According to the station, the incident occurred at around 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, where the suspect fired multiple shots and drove off in a red Ford Mustang. One victim later showed up at the Baptist Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound.

According to The New York Times, the National Retail Foundation expects 137.4 million Americans to shop over the holiday weekend, commencing on Black Friday. It is noted as the first day of holiday shopping after Thanksgiving, where consumers are drawn to special offers by retailers.

Many stores open early in the morning with lines of people forming hours in advance in order for them to secure the best deals on items like electronics, furniture, and clothing.