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- 20: 31 ET, Nov 26 2021
- Updated: 20: 31 ET, Nov 26 2021
SHOPPERS at Southpoint Mall in Durham, North Carolina dealt with a possible shooting and lockdown while trying to grab Black Friday deals.
Law enforcement has responded to reports of a shooting at Southpoint Mall and police were specifically called to the Streets at the Durham, North Carolina, mall following the reports.
A video from the scene showed shoppers running outside of a Nordstrom. The person who posted the footage said: "We were about to go into Southpoint Mall when people started running out."
Cops reportedly locked down the mall following the reports.
Meanwhile, Black Friday sales have begun with Walmart, Best Buy, and Target launching massive deals for the occasion and an estimated 108million people out looking to score deals.
The National Retail Federation estimates 108million people are looking for deals and that 2 million more people will shop on Thanksgiving weekend through Cyber Monday compared to last year, according to California News Times.
Some of the best deals include a 50inch Roku TV for $338 at Walmart and Apple AirPods Pro at Amazon for just $169, USA Today reports.
Read our Black Friday live blog for the latest news and updates...
VIOLENT BLACK FRIDAY (PART TWO)
Records have been compiled since 2008 and include some of the most serious incidents to have ever occurred on the holiday.
More than 2,000 shoppers crowded outside a Wal-Mart store in Valley Stream, New York in November 2008.
Cops from Nassau County had to be called in as shoppers filled car parks and piled onto the sidewalk.
Some banged on the supermarket's glass doors while up to 10 store workers tried to push back against the boisterous crowd.
The doors shattered and shoppers rushed into the store, frantically searching for bargains before the shelves emptied, the New York Times reports.
Tragically, Jdimytai Damour, 34, was trampled on in the crush while shoppers steamed over him.
Some workers saw that Jdimytai was injured on the floor. Medics tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead just hours later at a hospital in Valley Stream.
Family members said Jdimytai was an "easygoing and helpful" man who loved poetry.
A woman, 28, who was eight months pregnant was treated with minor injuries and three others were also wounded in the stampede.
STOLEN VEHICLE FROM MALL OF AMERICA
BLOOMINGTON/AIRPORT: Pursuit - Squads are in pursuit of a stolen vehicle that fled from the Mall of America parking lot. The vehicle is now driving through the Humphrey Terminal at the MSP airport. Squads are attempting stop sticks.
— MN CRIME | Police/Fire/EMS (@MN_CRIME) November 27, 2021
INSIDE WORST BLACK FRIDAY VIOLENCE FROM WAL-MART
Black Friday is considered the start of the Christmas shopping season as consumers try to find a bargain by indulging in some festive fun.
The holiday is synonymous with crowds gathering in the middle of the night waiting for stores to open their doors.
Shoppers want to splash the cash and discounted goods fly off the shelves in minutes.
But, Black Friday has a dark past and scenes can often turn ugly as sometimes shoppers miss out on items that they desire.
A store worker was trampled to death in a Wal-Mart store, a shopper fired pepper spray, and two men shot each other to death in a Toys-R-Us store.
At least 14 people have died while 117 have been injured in Black Friday-related incidents since 2006, according to the Black Friday Death Count website.
BLACK FRIDAY WALMART SHOOTING (PART TWO)
A large section of the parking lot has been blocked off by the public. Police have asked people to avoid the area.
One witness told KAPP-KVEW they heard at least six shots but didn't see the gunman. Others reported hearing the gunshots ring out from their cars.
An investigation remains ongoing.
BLACK FRIDAY WALMART SHOOTING
A suspected gunman is in custody following an active shooter incident at a Walmart store in Washington, police say.
Multiple shots were reportedly fired outside the store in the 2720 block of South Quillan Street in Kennewick on Friday afternoon.
Terrified Black Friday shoppers were seen running for cover as the shots rang out.
Video posted to Twitter by KAPP-KVEW reporter Ellie Nakamoto-White showed shell casings on the ground in the parking lot.
In a statement, the Kennewick Police Department confirmed a suspect had been detained and the scene is now secure.
It's currently unclear if anyone was harmed and how long the shooting lasted.
The incident drew a heavy police presence to the area, including officers from KDP, as well as Benton County Sheriff's deputies, and Washington State Patrol Troopers.
BEST BLACK FRIDAY TECH DEALS LIVE NOW
All the usual suspects have kicked off their Black Friday sales for 2021 – and there’s plenty to get excited about.
Before we dive in, here are some unmissable offers worth snapping up while stocks last.
These are some of the biggest and most impressive savings you’ll be able to find for Black Friday and over Cyber Weekend.
- Nintendo Switch Neon Red and Blue Console, £239.99 (save £60) at eBay – buy here
- Echo Dot (3rd Gen), £18.99 (saving £21) from Amazon – buy here
- Apple AirPods Pro (2021) with MagSafe Charging Case, £185 (save £54) at Very – buy here
- Fire TV Stick 4K Max, £36.99 (save £18) at Amazon – buy here
- Apple AirPods Max (Green), £479 (saving £60) from AO – buy here
- Garmin Forerunner 245 Running Watch, £149 (saving £100.99) at Amazon – buy here
SOME SHOPPERS LEFT DISAPPOINTED BY BLACK FRIDAY
Some people on social media didn't seem that into the idea of Black Friday this year.
"It’s pretty quiet in Target - feels more like an average Saturday than Black Friday! #BlackFriday," one person wrote.
"black friday fell off like 4 years ago," another Twitter user said.
“I’m currently locked in a store with other shoppers due to a lockdown situation in Streets at Southpoint Mall in #Durham,” he wrote.
“We’re waiting to hear from security what prompted this situation. While shopping, I saw many people running.”
Cops reportedly locked down the mall following the reports and closed it for the rest of Black Friday.
Another reporter said: “We are leaving the store being escorted by officers in a single file line.”
Others claimed that they heard gunshots inside of the mall, however, cops have not yet confirmed this.
A video from the scene showed shoppers fleeing outside of a Nordstrom. The person who posted the footage said: “We were about to go into Southpoint Mall when people started running out.”
Another video showed someone being wheeled out of the mall on a stretcher.
“I saw lots a blood and people being brought out in stretchers,” the caption of the horrifying footage read.
Shoppers rushed to malls across the country today as Black Friday sales commenced.
Malls and stores reported decent-sized crowds, if not the floods of people that used to fight over the latest toys and electronics.
'SHOTS FIRED AT SOUTHPOINT MALL'
Another social media user wrote: "Shots fired Southpoint Mall. Got out safe again."
Others claimed that they heard gunshots inside of the mall, however, cops have not yet confirmed this.
A video from the scene showed shoppers running outside of a Nordstrom.
The person who posted the footage said: "We were about to go into Southpoint Mall when people started running out."
Shoppers rushed to malls across the country today for Black Friday sales.
SOUTHPOINT MALL SHOOTING RATTLES SHOPPERS
Police have responded to reports of a shooting at Southpoint Mall.
Law enforcement officers were called to the Streets at the Durham, North Carolina, mall following the reports.
Someone who claims that they drove past the scene said they saw "tons of cops and at least one ambulance converging on it."
A local reporter who was at the mall posted a photograph of several people gathering inside of a store.
"I’m currently locked in a store with other shoppers due to a lockdown situation in Streets at Southpoint Mall in #Durham," he wrote.
"We’re waiting to hear from security what prompted this situation. While shopping, I saw many people running."
Cops reportedly locked down the mall following the reports.
IS THERE A SHOOTING AT SOUTHPOINT MALL IN DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA?
Police have responded to reports of a shooting at Southpoint Mall on Friday afternoon
Some people posted on social media about sheltering in place.
“I’m currently locked in a store with other shoppers due to a lockdown situation in Streets at Southpoint Mall in #Durham,” one local reporter wrote of the current situation.
Adding: “We’re waiting to hear from security what prompted this situation. While shopping, I saw many people running.”
Another person shared a video online of people running out of a Nordstrom.
“We were about to go into Southpoint Mall when people started running out,” the person who shared the video wrote.
A third posted appeared to post from inside the mall on Twitter.
“All stores are on lockdown and asking people to shelter in place at the moment,” they said.
Cops have yet to confirm the shooting at Southpoint Mall.
BLACK FRIDAY 2021 DEALS, CONTINUED
A few other major chains that will likely have Black Friday deals include:
- Home Depot - savings on tools, home goods, holiday decor and more
- Lowe's - discounts on tools, generators, pressure washers, patio sets, electronics, small appliances, floor care, lighting and décor
- Target - deals on TVs, home gadgets and other tech
- Walmart - deals on toys, electronics, home products and more
BLACK FRIDAY 2021 DEALS
Black Friday deals vary between retailers, but shoppers can typically get bargains on everything from tech and homeware to clothes and toys.
Here's what to expect at the major chains in 2021, based on what was on offer during Black Friday last year.
- Amazon - daily deals in the lead-up to Black Friday and tech such as Nintendo Switch
- Best Buy - early Black Friday deals last year included Amazon items, such as Echo speakers, Fire TVs, Ring video door bells and Kindle gadgets
- Costco - discounts on Apple products, television sets, gaming equipment and home gadgets
ARE BANKS OPEN ON BLACK FRIDAY?
Normally, banks operate at their normal hours between 9am until at least 5pm or 6pm.
The Federal holidays that banks are closed on are Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, and Independence Day.
Some businesses and institutions are choosing to remain closed on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and even until the weekend.
Although banks will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, most should open back up on Black Friday.
Make sure to inquire with your local financial institution when it comes to Black Friday opening and closing times.
HOW TO FIND THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS
A good way to find the best deals is by price comparing.
By highlighting the product name and conducting a Google search, you can see what retailers are also selling the product for.
Depending on what others are offering, you'll be able to tell if you are getting a good deal or not.
You could use the CamelCamelCamel tool, which tracks the price history of items sold on Amazon.
You can also use Honey - a price comparison tool that can be accessed on your browser.
Plus, check out seven tips on how to shop on Black Friday this year.
BEST AMAZON MEMBERSHIP OFFERS IN THE US
- Amazon Prime, 30 day free trial - sign up here
- Prime Student, 6-months half price - sign up here
- Audible Plus, 30 day free trial - sign up here
- Audible, $5.95 a month for 3 months - sign up here
If you sign up to Amazon Prime for a free 30-day trial you can get 30 minutes early access to coveted lightning deals.
You'll also be able to take full advantage of membership perks such as one-day delivery, access to Prime Video and Prime Music streaming and more during the sale.
TODAY'S BEST AMAZON BLACK FRIDAY DEALS IN THE US
Amazon US has released some exciting early Black Friday deals on Amazon devices, home appliances and much more. Here are some of our top picks today:
- Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Holiday Bundle, $54.99 (save $21) - buy here
- Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with 6 months FREE Amazon Music Unlimited, $19.99 (save $79.94) - buy here
- Apple Airpods (2nd Gen), $109 (save $50) - buy here
- Kindle, $49.99 (save $40) - buy here
- Audible, $5.95 a month for 3 months - buy here
- Fire TV Stick 4K, $24.99 (save $25) - buy here
- Echo Show 5, $44.99 (save $40) - buy here
- Ring Video Doorbell, $41.99 (save $18) - buy here
- GE Digital Air Fryer Toaster Oven, $149 (save $70) - buy here
- iRobot Roomba i3+ Vacuum, $399.00 (save $200.99) - buy here
All of Amazon's US deals can be viewed here.
WHEN DO BANKS REOPEN AFTER THANKSGIVING?
Although banks will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, they are open on Black Friday.
Financial institutions resuming their opening and closing times on Black Friday means that consumers have a chance to get their affairs in order so they don't miss out on some great deals.
Hours of operation are likely to vary from bank to bank, make sure to inquire with your local financial institution concerning Black Friday opening and closing times.
Thanksgiving Day falls on November 25, while Black Friday falls on November 26.
DOES THE POST OFFICE DELIVER ON BLACK FRIDAY?
The Post Office might be considered one of the most reliable postal and delivery services, with its workers braving the elements and their unofficial motto being, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
But can the post office be counted on to be open and deliver on Black Friday?
Yes, in fact, the United States Postal Service will be open on Black Friday with normal delivery services.
DOES UPS DELIVER ON BLACK FRIDAY?
Not all delivery services are open on Thanksgiving or Black Friday.
However, UPS will be open on Black Friday with normal pickup and delivery services.
DOES FEDEX DELIVER ON BLACK FRIDAY?
Although mail and packages are not delivered on Thanksgiving, Black Friday is a different story.
FedEx will remain open for Black Friday but will have modified hours.
The only thing that won't be in service is FedEx Freight services.
WALMART BLACK FRIDAY: HOW TO GET EARLY ACCESS TO DEALS
Walmart+ members receive early access to all the deals throughout the season plus members get free shipping.
The membership costs $12.95 a month or $98 for the year.
Additional benefits includes free grocery delivery, free shipping, member prices on fuel, and use of mobile scan and go for streamlined shopping.
While it may be too late for early access this year, you may want to consider it for Walmart Black Friday deals in years to come.
WALMART'S TOP DEALS FOR DAYS FOR BLACK FRIDAY
These big deals at Walmart are available on Black Friday - check out the Walmart website for the full list.
- Onn. Bluetooth True Wireless Headphones with charging case: Now: $29, Was: 49.88, Savings: $20.88
- Samsung Chromebook: Now: $129, Was: $199.99, Savings: $70.99
- Samsung 65" Class 4K Smart TV: Now: $568, Was: $647.99, Savings: $79.99
- Chefman French Door Air Fryer + Oven: Now: $99, Was: $149.99, Savings: $50.99
- Farberware 20-piece Easy Clean Aluminum Nonstick Cookware: Now: $50, Was: $120, Savings: $70
- Shark Cordless Pet Stick Vacuum: Now: $159, Was: $279, Savings: $120
- Disney Princess Ultimate Celebration Castle: Now: $94, Was: $149.99, Savings: $55.99
- Nerf Fortnite Heavy SR Blaster: Now: $39.49, $49.88, Savings: $10.39
- LEGO Classic Bricks on a Roll: Now: $17, Was: $20, Savings: $3
- Kidcraft Deluxe Big and Bright Wooden Play Kitchen: Now: $84, Was: $189.99, Savings: $105.99
- Hover-1 Blast Hoverboard: Now: $79, Was: $118, Savings: $39
BLACK FRIDAY AT WALMART
Walmart's Deals for Days featuring specials online and in-stores has been going on throughout November.
And the Black Friday deals at Walmart are not to be missed.
Chromebook laptops are selling for $129 and Walmart has sales on everything from LEGOs to play kitchens to TVs and more.
Check out the Walmart website for the full list of deals.
WHEN IS BLACK FRIDAY 2021?
Black Friday 2021 falls on November 26 this year.
It takes place the Friday after Thanksgiving every year,
Last year's deals included bargains on everything from AirPods, Nintendo Switch and 4K TVs.
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