Authorities say two people were shot dead in two separate incidents on Black Friday, Nov. 25.
One man was killed outside of a Macy's department store at New Jersey's Hamilton Mall, while another was fatally shot during a Reno, Nevada, Walmart road rage parking lot incident, the Daily Mail reports.
“It’s sad,” said one shopper who witnessed the New Jersey Hamilton Mall shooting, KYW reports. ”We’ve been doing this, me and my girls, for probably about ten years now, just for the fun of going out–a girls night and trying to get some special sales and it’s getting scary now.”
The victim's brother, 26-year-old New Jersey man Shadi Cottman, was also wounded from gunshots.
Sadly, however, he's not the only one, and reports reveal others were also injured while Black Friday shopping in various states.
In Tennessee, one person was shot at Wolfchase Galleria Mall in Memphis on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 24. In Houston, Texas, Walmart customers fought over $99 toys.
Reports reveal between 2006 and 2014, seven people have been killed, while 98 have been injured shopping on Black Friday.
“It’s a tragedy," added the New Jersey shopper and shooting witness, KYW reports. "It’s very scary ... you’re starting off the holiday season and you’re excited about the upcoming times with family, and now there’s going to be family who are missing people and their holidays will never be the same."
Despite these tragedies, reports indicate less people are shopping at physical stores on Black Friday, with many opting to purchase the discounted items from the internet, the Daily Mail reports.
"I have never seen Black Friday morning so calm," said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at market research firm NPD Group, after visiting a New York mall.
However, before violence erupted in stores on Black Friday, shoppers had already spent more than $1 billion online on Thanksgiving night, according to Adobe Digital Index.
"We saw one of our strongest days ever online," Brian Cornell, Target chief executive, said on the evening of Nov. 24, adding that online sales grew by double digits, Reuters reports.