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Cops: ‘Mass push of bodies’ prompts temporary store closure in Orland Park

A San Leandro police officer right holds bloody shirt as evidence is gathered scene shooting Wal-Mart Hesperian Boulevard Friday Nov.

A San Leandro police officer, right, holds a bloody shirt as evidence is gathered at the scene of a shooting at Wal-Mart on Hesperian Boulevard, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in San Leandro, Calif. Gunfire rang out about 1:50 a.m. and a man was shot in a robbery attempt. Despite major injuries, police said he was in stable condition. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Jane Tyska) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

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Updated: December 27, 2011 8:09AM



Scuffles broke out as bargain-hunters stormed stores around the country on Black Friday — including a 4 a.m. shoving match that closed the Pink store in Orland Square Mall for two hours.

About 100 people, mostly teen-aged girls, pushed to get into the store that sells a Victoria’s Secret line of clothing and other products, and police received 911 calls from customers inside because people were getting knocked to the ground by what Orland Park Police Cmdr. John Keating called a “mass push of bodies.”

There were no arrests and no injuries, and nothing was reported stolen, Keating said.

The store closed while staff cleaned up and mall security assisted with getting ropes and barricades to make sure the shoppers would be more orderly upon returning.

A woman who answered the phone at the Pink store referred all questions to the corporate office. Company officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Other Black Friday incidents included several at Walmart stores:

†At a Walmart in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles, a woman pepper sprayed a crowd, slightly injuring 20, as customers waited for workers to unwrap a crate of discounted Xboxes shortly after the store opened Thursday night. The woman got away in the confusion, but it was not clear whether she got an Xbox.

†A robber shot a Black Friday shopper who refused to give up his purchases outside a Walmart store 15 miles east of San Francisco, leaving the victim hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

†Two women were injured and a man was charged after a fight broke out at an upstate New York Walmart.

†Authorities say gunfire erupted at a North Carolina mall as holiday shoppers gathered, though there were no reports of any injuries. No evacuation was ordered, but several shoppers left the mall and some smaller stores closed.

†A man was arrested in a scuffle at a jewelry counter at a Walmart in Kissimmee, Florida.

†In western Michigan, a teenage girl was knocked down and stepped on several times after getting caught in the rush to a sale in the electronics department at a Walmart. She suffered minor injuries.

†A video was posted online showing a grandfather on the floor of a Walmart store in Buckeye, Ariz., with a bloody face after police said he was subdued trying to shoplift during a chaotic rush for discounted video games. The video, posted on YouTube, shows him unconscious and covered in blood after a police officer took him to the ground Thursday night. His wife and other witnesses said he was just trying to help his grandson after the boy was trampled by shoppers, and only put a video game in his waistband to free his hands to help the boy.

AP with Sun-Times Media wire contributing



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