Black and blue on Black Friday

Black and blue on Black Friday

US - US shoppers scrambled for bargains on Black Friday and triggered sporadic outbreaks of violence across the country.

The annual frenzy for discounted items saw tempers flare across the nation, with reports of fist fights, a stabbing and a shooting.

Here are some of the incidents:

Stun gun

A woman apparently used a stun gun on a fellow shopper during a brutal punch-up. Video footage taken by a bystander shows the women exchanging blows inside a mall in Philadelphia, a city on the US east coast, the Mail Online reported.

As they fight on the floor, one of the women uses a device that flashes blue and buzzes, giving her nemesis a sharp shock.

Bewildered shoppers yell: "No, stop!" before the victim's friend and other bystanders help pull her away from her attacker.

It is not clear what caused the fight. Mall security officers told NBC Philadelphia that a fight did break out but they denied a taser had been used.

Shots fired

In one of the most violent incidents, a shopper was walking to an apartment complex in Las Vegas, a city in the south-west, after buying a big-screen TV when a suspect approached him and fired a warning shot so that he would drop the television, 8 News Now reported.

The thief allegedly took the TV to a nearby vehicle where another suspect was waiting. As he loaded the TV inside, the victim tried to get it back. The suspect then shot him in the leg.

Officer dragged by car

In the mid-western state of Illinois, police officers shot at three alleged shoplifters at a Kohl's store.

After Robert Russell, 51, ran from the store, he jumped into the passenger seat of a car.

When an officer tried to arrest him, he shut the door on his arm, causing the officer to be dragged alongside the vehicle.

Another officer shot at the car several times, hitting the driver, Charles Hinch, 52, in the arm, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

The driver and the officer were both taken for hospital treatment. Russell and Hinch were arrested, as was another suspect, Gerald Chamberlain, 28, who was still inside the store.

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