Woman pepper sprays shoppers over Xbox

By David Edwards
Friday, November 25, 2011 10:18 EDT
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A woman at the Porter Ranch Wal-Mart in California Thursday night reportedly used pepper spray on other shoppers in order to move ahead in line.

One witness told KNBC that the incident happened while they were waiting in line to buy a new Xbox 360.

As many as 15 people were hurt, 10 of them treated for pepper spray inhalation, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Shawn Lenske.

“The woman, who is still being sought, used the spray in more than one area of the Wal-Mart ‘to gain preferred access to a variety of locations in the store,’” Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. James Carson told The Los Angeles Times.

“She was competitive shopping,” he added.

Watch this video from NBC’s The Today Show, broadcast Nov. 25, 2011.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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