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Elderly Woman Attacked While Shopping At Wal-Mart (Photo)

| by Alex Scarr

A woman from Georgia was beaten and bruised during an altercation with another woman at a local Wal-Mart on March 5.

Sandra McClung, 75, was grocery shopping at an Atlanta Wal-Mart in one of the store's motorized scooters when she nearly collided with another woman, according to reports. The other woman, later identified as Alexis Venderberg, shouted an obscenity at McClung, reports the Daily Mail.

"I thought she was going to go around," McClung told KHOU. "She looked at me and she said, 'I want to get some bread, white b****.' I said, 'Well excuse me.'"

McClung admits she replied with an obscenity of her own, which allegedly caused Venderberg to follow McClung around the store until they were out of eyesight.

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"There wasn't anybody in the aisle, and the next thing you know she was jumping on me," said McClung. "She kept socking me in my glasses, and then hitting me in my mouth. I started hollering, 'Help, help.'"

"Nobody came to help to me when that was going on," she said. But as soon as McClung began to shout for help, she says Venderberg left the store.

McClung was left with bruises on her face and arms, and the police report described that her nose was "bleeding profusely," reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Store employees did not initially hear McClung, but reportedly came to her assistance after Venderberg had fled.

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Police told KHOU that during the alleged assault, Venderburg dropped her cellphone into the basket of McClung's shopping cart.

"It must have dropped out of her pocket when she was leaning over the buggie, socking me in the face," she said.

Police were able to unlock the phone and retrieve her name and contact information.

Venderburg returned to the store shortly after the incident and asked for her phone. An employee denied her request, and police say that Venderberg attempted to reach into the employee's pocket.

Surveillance video captured Venderberg as she walked into the store, but did not capture the altercation.

Police say Venderberg could face assault and battery charges once she is found.

McClung is was reportedly still shaken a day after the attack, and she told WSB-TV that she often rides the mobility scooters around the store due to troublesome knees.

"There had to be something wrong with her because you just don’t do that," McClung said in the interview. She also said her bruises were still painful the day after the attack.

"I thought I was safe. I’m in Wal-Mart," she said.

Sources: Daily Mail, KHOU, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV / Photo credit: WSB-TV via Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV

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