A BIZARRE website called Black Friday Death Count tracks the number of shoppers who were killed during the euphoric annual sale as holiday bargain hunting turns to terror in some parts of the country .
According to the ominous death toll, so far no deaths have been recorded in the US but at least six people have been injured.
The website claims that at least 14 people have died and 124 injured in Black Friday-related incidents since 2006.
The profile has been around since 2008 and includes some of the most egregious holiday incidents ever.
The most recent shooting listed by BlackFridayDeathCount.com was Friday’s shooting at the Southpoint Shopping Center in Durham, North Carolina that left three people shot, including a 10-year-old boy.
Three people were also injured in a subsequent evacuation from the mall as panicked shoppers ran towards the exit to safety.
Holiday shopping becomes terror across America:
Durham Sheriff Patrice Andrews, who was inside the mall at the time, heard gunfire around 3pm and reacted.
Andrews said response officers found three people had been shot in an incident between two groups of people who knew each other.
She said the 10-year-old victim suffered a machete wound and that the injury was not life-threatening.
Most of those involved in the shooting fled after the incident but one person has been taken into custody, a weapon has been recovered and police are interviewing witnesses, Andrews added.
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A video from the scene shows frightened shoppers running outside a Nordstrom store. Three people were injured in the stampede, though the extent of their injuries is unclear.
Another shooting, not counted in 2021, occurred outside a Walmart store in Kennewick, Washington, at about 12:30 p.m. local time.
Gunfire broke out after a man allegedly attempted to steal goods but was confronted by a security guard in the parking lot.
The accused thief, dressed in all black and wearing a black mask, is said to have drawn his gun when the guard told him. The guard, whose license was concealed, then shot the armed suspect two or three times at close range.
The suspect fled the scene and was subsequently detained at a home near No. 5 and Olympia in Kennewick without incident.
They were alerted to the property after a 911 call from a woman who reported her fiance had turned up at her apartment with a gunshot wound, and was bleeding from her arms and legs. his.
The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. No one else was injured in the incident.
Several other horrific and violent crimes have occurred on Black Friday over the years.
VIOLATION DAY BEFORE HOLIDAYS
A scandalous incident occurred during the 2008 holiday season when more than 2,000 shoppers crowded together outside a Walmart store in Valley Stream, New York.
Police from Nassau County had to be called as shoppers filled parking lots and piled on sidewalks.
Some people banged on the supermarket’s glass doors as up to 10 store employees tried to fight off the rowdy crowd.
Doors shattered and shoppers flocked to the store, frantically searching for bargains before the shelves emptied. New York Times report.
Tragically, 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour was trampled while shoppers swarmed over him.
Some workers saw Jdimytai injured on the floor. Medics attempted to revive him but he was pronounced dead just hours later at a Valley Stream hospital.
Family members said Jdimytai was a “easygoing and helpful” man who loved poetry.
A 28-year-old woman, eight months pregnant, was treated for minor injuries and three others were also injured in the stampede.
‘DONE LIKE SAVAGES’
Detective Lieutenant Michael Fleming, of Nassau police, called the scene “totally chaotic” as he beat the crowd for “losing control”.
While witnesses to the stampede unfold were horrified: Kimberly Cribbs, from Queens, said the crowd acted like “barbarians”.
In a statement, Wal-Mart said: “The safety and security of our customers and associates is our top priority. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families at this tragic time.”
At the time of the tragedy, the National Retail Federation said it had never heard of a worker being killed on Black Friday.
Two men shot each other in a Toys “R” Us store in Palm Desert, California on Black Friday that same year, CBS report.
Sarah Pacia told The Desert Sun she was looking for coloring books with her two children when she heard a noise coming from one of the aisles.
She thought eager shoppers were scrambling for an item before she suddenly heard gunfire.
Gunfire was exchanged after the two women started arguing in the store, according to LA era.
Alejandro Moreno, 39, began chasing and shooting Juan Meza, 28, witnesses said.
Sarah recounted that she heard three to four gunshots before the store assistant took her out of the toy store.
‘I DO NOT WANT TO DIE’
The mother said her four-year-old son grabbed her leg and told her he didn’t want to die.
City Councilman Jim Ferguson revealed that the victims were two men armed with pistols who shot each other.
Panicked shoppers flocked to a nearby gym, and assistant director Glenn Splain said: “They were crying, in tears and shaking.”
Ryan Tidd, then 13, asked his mother if the gunmen could return to the store, while Valerie Criscuolo almost canceled plans to celebrate her eldest child’s birthday after hearing the news. about the shooting, according to LA Times
An alleged pepper spray attack occurred at a Wal-Mart store in Porter Ranch, Los Angeles in 2011.
About 100 shoppers lined up on Thanksgiving night and scuffles broke out as they tried to grab Xbox consoles and Nintendo Wii video games.
They are crying, crying and shaking.
City Councilman Jim Ferguson
Wii witness Juan Castro said the price of a video game on the Wii has dropped to $20 from its usual price of $60.
I said CNN: “I try to leave as quickly as possible because I don’t think it’s worth it. No deal is worth it.”
Customers in the aisles shouted at each other and the plastic wrap surrounding the console was ripped off.
Alejandra Seminario said: ‘People started shouting, pushing and shoving each other and then the whole area was filled with pepper spray.
“I guess what triggered it was people started pulling the plastic off the pallets and then shoving and bombarding the screens of the games.”
Seminario said shoppers began to type and scream after they were pushed onto crates.
Los Angeles police called the incident “customer-versus-customer shopping rage” as they investigated.
The woman, later identified as Elizabeth Macias, was not charged with a felony under Los Angeles Daily News.
Her attorney Michael Champ told CBS affiliate KCBS at the time that Macias said she fired the spray after shoppers allegedly assaulted her two teenage children.
Champ testified that her son was punched by a man and her daughter was punched and kicked.
Black Friday 2011 was marred by pepper spray attacks when police on guard duty at a Walmart store in Kinston, North Carolina used the substance to deter shoppers.
Bill Johnson, Kinston’s director of public safety, said the atmosphere “turned tense” as employees brought out pallets of electronic goods.
Officers on duty hired as security guards opened fire to restore order.
The Covid-19 pandemic made Black Friday crowds sparse last year, but tragedy still occurs.
Shoppers run for safety when a gunman shot dead two teenagers at the Arden Fairgrounds Center in Sacramento last November.
Shots were fired near one of the mall’s entrances. A 19-year-old man was found dead at the shopping mall while a 17-year-old boy was found critically injured at the scene. He died of his wounds a few hours later.
Customers and workers were evacuated through the corridors and stairs of the mall as they fled for safety.
Police spokesman Karl Chan said the shooting appeared to be a targeted and isolated attack.
The tragedy comes at a time when gun attacks and homicides are on the rise in Sacramento and Los Angeles.
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