Last Updated 12:45 p.m. ET
PORTER RANCH, Calif. – Twenty people, including children, were injured when a woman at a San Fernando Valley Walmart store used mace against other customers in what authorities referred to as a “competitive shopping” incident.
The Los Angeles Times reports that a scuffle broke out shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday night, just before shopping was to begin, among customers waiting to buy Xbox gaming consoles and Wii video games.
Alejandra Seminario, told the Times she was waiting in line to buy toys about 9:55 p.m. when there was a commotion in the next aisle when shoppers began tearing off plastic encasing gaming consoles.
“People started screaming, pulling and pushing each other, and then the whole area filled up with pepper spray,” she said.
Seminario breathed some in and started coughing. “I did not want to get involved. I was too scared. I just stayed in the toy aisle,” she said.