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Black Friday 2011: shootings, stabbings, pepper spray and bargains

As Black Friday 2011 draws to a close, America is taking stock of its annual celebration of extreme shopping. So far, there are reports of a shooting, a stabbing and a pepper-spraying.

The shooting happened during an attempted robbery in the car park of a store in San Leandro, near Oakland. The circumstances of the shooting are not clear, but the victim is in a critical condition in hospital. Meanwhile, a man was stabbed outside a store in Sacramento. He’s believed to be okay.

Also in California, a fight for cut-price video game consoles ended with a woman pepper-spraying her rivals, after which chaos ensued. It’s not clear whether the woman got her console before she got away.

About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.

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