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Woman Pepper Sprays Customers At LA Walmart

A woman who shot pepper spray at other customers at a busy Wal-Mart store in Porter Ranch, injuring 20, will soon see her picture in the media, a police sergeant said.

"It generally takes a day or two to coordinate with Wal-Mart Security'' to get video footage shot around a store, said Sgt. A.J. De Bellis at the Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire Station.

As for charges, "at the very least, it's battery,'' De Bellis said, "a minimum of one charge per involved person. Not a very bright thing (for her) to have done.''

The sergeant said the Wal-Mart video should be clear enough to help identify the suspect. "Eventually this will catch up with her,'' he said.

"It was an unhappy customer,'' who spritzed pepper spray at the Wal-Mart, 19821 Rinaldi Street, around 10:10 p.m. Thanksgiving night, said LAPD Lt. Abel Parga, watch commander at the Devonshire Station. The suspect then left the area. The suspect is a woman, LAPD Officer P. Rimkunas said.

"The female suspect was waiting with other shoppers for some items wrapped in plastic to be released for sale at 10 p.m.,'' Rimkunas said. "When the plastic was ripped off, she sprayed.''

There are broadcast reports the woman grabbed an XBox and purchased it as she left the scene.

Firefighters treated 20 patients for minor injuries, fire department spokesman Shawn Lenske said. All the patients have been treated and released, Lenske said shortly before 1 a.m.

One section of the store was cleared while patients were treated and the pepper spray dissipated, Parga said. Meanwhile, the store remained open and those not affected by the pepper spray continued shopping.

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Avatar for user 'HarryStreet'

HarryStreet | November 25, 2011 at 3:37 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

What's next? A disgruntled shopper open-firing with an assault rifle? Don't laugh, that is not an impossibility.

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Avatar for user 'gregnelson'

gregnelson | November 29, 2011 at 5:38 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

For the fourth time in recent months there has been a violent attack in a Walmart in LA., I on July 1, 2011; was beaten by a Kung-Fu ex-Walmart associate, known braggar of violence, on August 2011; police went too a Walmart store too deal with someone making threats with a knife shoot fired. On November 3, 2011; 74 year old David Oakleaf beaten too death with a baseball and on Black Friday 2011; a woman sprayed up all the shoppers with mace or pepper spray. I was advised after my attack that security would be much improved for this holiday and then this. However, I am concerned if their security is being mainly trained in theft prevention and little concern for the safety of the shoppers. Because,its beyind me how this woman could spray innocent shopper and escape security and get away . I would have more compassion if this violence was occurring in more retail stores than just Walmarts.

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