People all over the country left their Thanksgiving tables prepared for long lines and busy stores. But in several cities, as shopping carried on into the night, shoppers also had to navigate around evidence markers and crime scene tape.
Shootings in Nevada, New Jersey, and Tennessee left two dead and two others wounded overnight as Black Friday shopping began in earnest.
In Reno, Nevada, a squabble over a parking space turned deadly. After an alleged dispute in a Walmart parking lot, a 33-year-old man was shot and killed. Police say that they have recovered the firearm, but have not made any arrests.
The suspect, who allegedly drove away from the scene shortly after 6:00 pm Thursday in a dark Toyota sedan, is described as a light-skinned black male.
Another shooting disrupted shoppers around 11:15 pm at the Wolfchase Mall in Memphis, Tennessee. Witnesses claimed that, after firing “at least 40 shots” in the parking lot near the food court, the shooter got into a red Mustang and drove away.
One person was hospitalized with gunshot wounds, and police have confirmed that three people are in custody following the incident.
— FOX13 Memphis (@FOX13Memphis) November 25, 2016
Just a few hours later, shots rang out in the parking lot of Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing, New Jersey, around 1:00 am local time.
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When the bullets stopped flying, a 20-year-old Atlantic City man was left dead, his 26-year-old brother wounded. More than 15 evidence markers were placed at the scene, where multiple shell casings were recovered and a bullet-riddled SUV was towed.
While investigations into all three incidents are ongoing, many shoppers have been able to continue with their plans. The Hamilton Mall still opened at 6:00 am as scheduled, and the Walmart in Reno remained open for business (though a portion of the nearby road was blocked off).
As for Memphis, @polarbear1986 remarked: “You know you’re in Memphis when someone calls & says they can’t come in cause there was a shooting and their car is in the crime scene.” The mall was temporarily locked down, but reopened shortly thereafter.