PORTER RANCH, Calif. (KTLA
) -- At least 20 people sustained minor injuries Thursday night when a female customer pepper sprayed other shoppers at a Black Friday sale at a Wal-Mart
in Porter Ranch.
Police said it was unclear exactly what sparked the confrontation, but it appeared to be a case of "competitive shopping."The woman, who is still being sought, used the pepper spray more than once inside the store "to gain preferred access to a variety of locations in the store," Los Angeles Fire Capt. James Carson told the Los Angeles Times
Employees evacuated part of the store after the incident. Several people were treated outside for minor injuries, including skin and eye irritation, according to fire officials.
Wal-Mart's Black Friday sales started at 10 p.m. Thursday for toys, home and apparel. Electronics deals started at midnight.