Police Interview Witnesses In Walmart Pepper Spray Melee

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles Police Department is continuing to interview witnesses from last week’s pepper spray melee at a Porter Ranch Walmart store.

Cell phone video obtained by CBS2 shows the chaos that ensued after a disgruntled shopper shot pepper spray at 20 people.

The victims, who mostly complained of stinging in their eyes, were treated at the scene.

Shopper Juan Castro says the woman started attacking other shoppers when an XBOX display was unveiled shortly after 10 p.m.

“Just as they started to unwrap everything, all hell broke loose and everybody just swarmed. And in the middle of the parade, some lady just started (pepper spraying) the crowd,” he said. “There were two ladies on the side of me that started fighting. As I was walking by another section, there was this poor girl walking by with a Wii system, the box all torn up.”

He said customers were “just trampling over people, people shoving each other. There were a lot people who got it in their eyes, so they were burning. They were screaming, crying. It was bad.”

“It was an unfortunate situation, but we’re glad everyone is okay,” Walmart said in a statement to CBS2. “We are working with law enforcement to provide security video and information.”

Police have not confirmed whether the woman seen in the video is the same woman who turned herself in Friday night.

The district attorney’s office will decide whether to file charges after police conclude their investigation.

If you witnessed the melee or know the woman suspected of releasing pepper spray, please let us know!


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