Air Jordan shoppers mob stores, some pepper-sprayed
Brawls, kicked doors, long lines and arrests as coveted basketball sneakers go on sale
SEATTLE — Across the country, the long-awaited release of Nike retro Air Jordan basketball shoes on Friday resulted in fights, arrests, and the use pepper spray as police tried to calm frenzied shoppers, many of whom had waited outside stores overnight.
In Richmond, Calif., a man was arrested after he fired a gun while waiting in line,KTVU TV reported.
In Seattle, Tukwila police officer Mike Murphy said more than 1,000 people lined up to buy shoes at 4 a.m. at four stores in the Westfield Southcenter mall.
He said police used pepper spray on about 20 people who were fighting, while one man was arrested for assault after police say he pushed an officer.
"He did not get his shoes; he went to jail," Murphy said.
"It was not a nice, orderly group of shoppers," Murphy said. "There were a lot of hostile and disorderly people."
Murphy said they smelled marijuana and found alcohol containers at the scene.
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