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Black Friday madness: One person is shot dead outside a Macy's and another killed in a road rage incident at Walmart as stores open their doors ahead of $3.1 billion holiday splurge





Black Friday madness: One person is shot dead outside a Macy's and another killed in a road rage incident at Walmart as stores open their doors ahead of $3.1 billion holiday splurge Black Friday madness: One person is shot dead outside a Macy's and another killed in a road rage incident at Walmart as stores open their doors ahead of $3.1 billion holiday splurge

Two people were shot dead and another was shot in three separate incidents in New Jersey, Nevada and Tennessee as Black Friday shopping kicked off.

One person died in a shooting outside of a Macy's department store in New Jersey on Friday and another was shot dead in an apparent road rage incident in a parking lot in Nevada on Thursday.

A third person was shot on Thursday at a mall in Tennessee as shoppers were taking part in early Black Friday sales.

The shooting outside the Macy's store occurred during the early hours on Friday at the Hamilton Mall in South Jersey as people lined up outside the mall, which was scheduled to open at 6am.

Several shell casings were found scattered around a silver SUV plastered in bullets in the parking lot of the mall, CBS Philly reported.

At this time, police are investigating the shooting and have not provided any additional information.

One shopper who was at the scene and has been coming out for Black Friday shopping for the last ten years said the shooting was sad, adding that Black Friday is 'getting scary now,' according to CBS Philly. 

One person has died in a shooting outside of a Macy's department store in New Jersey on Friday morning

The shooting outside a Macy's store occurred during the early hours on Friday outside the Hamilton Mall in South Jersey as people lined up outside for shopping deals

The mall was scheduled to open at 6am and dozens of shell casings were found scattered around a silver SUV plastered in bullets in the parking lot of the mall

Meanwhile in Nevada on Thursday, a person was shot dead in a road rage incident in a Walmart parking lot in Reno, police said. 

The shooting occurred around 6pm at the Walmart on East Second Street after there was apparently a dispute over a parking spot, according to KOLO.

Police and the FBI are investigating the Thanksgiving shooting as authorities search for a dark-colored Toyota Camry or Corolla that was driven by a driver described as a light-skinned black male.

In Tennessee, a man was suffered a gunshot wound after shots were fired at Wolfchase Galleria Mall in Memphis on Thursday around 11.15pm as shoppers were looking to score Black Friday deals at the mall.

The incident occurred in the parking lot outside the food court area after witnesses said a suspect fired several shots and then fled in a Ford Mustang, according to WREG.

Initial reports indicated no one was injured but a man showed up at Baptist Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound. 

In Tennessee, a man was suffered a gunshot wound after shots were fired at Wolfchase Galleria Mall in Memphis on Thursday around 11.15pm as shoppers were looking to score Black Friday deals at the mall (scene from the shooting above)

The incident occurred in the parking lot outside the food court area after witnesses said a suspect fired several shots and then fled in a Ford Mustang

Three suspects are now in custody and officers have since collected shell casings from the scene.

Between 2006 and 2014, there have reportedly been seven deaths and 98 injuries during Black Friday shopping.

The shootings in New Jersey and Nevada occurred as shoppers eager to bag a bargain began their spending sprees as some stores across the U.S. kicked off their sales on Thursday afternoon.

On Friday, most stores opened their doors around 6am for what is still one of the busiest days of the year, even as the start of the holiday season edges ever earlier.

Many stores are offering the same deals as in previous years, like $19.99 boots that remain a big attraction, cashmere sweaters, and sheets. For some shoppers, big discounts on electronics are the draw.

Stores like Macy's, Walmart, Target and more were open on Thursday evening in what they hope will be a new holiday tradition. 

Several shoppers were out looking for bargains on TVs. Other items that drew crowds were cellphones and Hatchimals — eggs with a small, animated animal inside that hatch when given attention.

Shoppers wait for doors to open at Walmart in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on Black Friday as stores opened their doors on Friday

A group of people tough out the chilly weather in Dartmouth, Massachusetts as they wait for a Walmart to open on Friday

A group of hearty shoppers wait in line for doorbuster specials at 6.30am on Friday at Best Buy in New York's Union Square

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, vies with the Saturday before Christmas as the biggest sales day.

Shopper Stephanie Sullivan said she's searching for deals this holiday season on items for her son's upcoming wedding. 

She said she planned to hit the Columbia Mall in Missouri on Friday after some shopping the night before.

Sullivan, her two adult sons and future daughter-in-law had driven from Kirksville, Missouri to Columbia for the shopping on Thanksgiving. 

She and her entourage toted luggage and bulging bags as they headed to their truck, driven by one of her sons, waiting in front of Kohl's.

The 49-year-old said she saved $580 and spent a little under $200 on a four-piece luggage set, sweaters, pillows, boots and other things. She said she was buying for herself, but did purchase one sweater as a gift.

People wait with purchases at Macy's Herald Square during the Black Friday sales in Manhattan, New York on Friday

Shoppers take a peek at the sale flyers as they wait for doors to open at Best Buy on Black Friday in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on Friday

Shoppers have their hands full as they try to grab the best deals at Best Buy on Black Friday in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on Friday

Joseph Rebelo grabs the television he waited in line for as he and fellow shoppers look for the best deals at Best Buy on Friday in Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Sullivan said the family was trying to stay busy after the death of her husband in October 'and not focus on what we lost.' 

Shopper Brian Motzko is making his usual trip to the Mall of America in Minnesota early Friday while visiting relatives for Thanksgiving.

The Cedar Falls, Iowa resident says he's doing all his Christmas shopping on Black Friday, buying gifts for himself, his wife and family 'until my card blows up.' He says, 'I've got two teenage girls. It's whatever.'

Motzko says he scored 70 percent off cookware at Williams-Sonoma and was on the hunt for a Bluetooth speaker. He said the nation's largest shopping center seemed less packed than in years past.  

People were seen camped out in tents outside some Best Buy stores on the Thanksgiving holiday, including one in Utah where the temperatures plummeted to below-zero, while others raced through the doors at J.C Penney.

The department store kicked off its sales at 3pm on Thursday - hours before some people sat down around the table for Thanksgiving dinner.

But long before people got through the doors in stores, more than one-billion had already been spent online.

A staggering $1.15billion was spent online between midnight on Thursday and 5pm, according to Adobe Digital Insights.

Packs of excited shoppers raced through the doors at Macy's in Herald Square, Manhattan, to get an early start on Black Friday shopping on Thursday

Eager shoppers  got an early start to their Christmas shopping, as some stores across the U.S. kicked off their Black Friday sales on Thursday afternoon. Pictured are customers at J.C Penney in Tyler, Texas on Thanksgiving

One of the first chains to open on Thursday was Macy's. Hundreds of people are seen crammed inside the Herald Square location in Manhattan shortly after Black Friday sales got underway on Thursday night

Holiday shoppers leaves Walmart's Black Friday event in Bentonville, Arkansas, on Thursday

It was an increase of more than 13 per cent on what was spent during the same time frame in 2015, and Adobe said it expected the Thanksgiving Day total to surge past $2billion in the next few hours.

The forecasters expect almost $900million of the total figure to come from purchases made on mobile devices. 

'We saw one of our strongest days ever online,' Target CEO Brian Cornell said, before he added the chain saw double-digit increase in online activity. 

The National Retailers Foundation says online spending over the three-day bonanza will reach an eye-watering $8.4billion. 

The NRF's annual holiday shopping forecast expects $3.05billion on Black Friday and $3.36billion on Cyber Monday - which would mean it is the biggest shopping day of all time.

Other forecasters project overall holiday spending will rise by 3.6 per cent - which would be a bigger jump that the average seen over the past seven years.

If spending does increase by the predicted amount, 690,000 new seasonal jobs will be created, according to the NRF. 

It comes after it was revealed retailers have braced for a massive holiday rush this year.

Walmart was one of the growing number of stores to start its Black Friday sales on Thursday night - just hours after many sat down for Thanksgiving dinner

A customer loads his shopping cart during the Black Friday sales event on Thanksgiving Day at Target in Chicago, Illinois

hoppers take advantage of Black Friday door buster deals at Macy's Herald Square in Manhattan on Thursday night

A shopper carries two bags of items she bought during Black Friday sales at Macy's in Manhattan, New York, on Thursday night

Black Friday shoppers load a big screen TV into their car after purchasing it at the Best Buy in Fairfax, Virginia on Thursday

This weekend is crucial to set the tone for the holiday season. 

Around 137 million people plan to or are considering doing their shopping during the Thanksgiving weekend, according to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation. 

That includes online and store shopping. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, vies with the Saturday before Christmas as the busiest shopping day of the year.

The NRF, the nation's largest retail group, expects holiday sales to rise 3.6 per cent for November and December, better than the 3 per cent growth seen for those months last year. 

That excludes car sales, gas and restaurant receipts but includes online spending and other non-store sales such as catalog spending.

A woman holds a series of shirts and looks at another inside Macy's in Manhattan, New York, just hours after Black Friday sales got underway 

A Black Friday shopper pushes a trolley with color printers and a Samsung TV on it inside a Best Buy in Fairfax, Virginia on Thursday night

WHAT ARE THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS? 

Want to save time shopping around by heading to the store with the best Black Friday deals?

Look no further, as DailyMail.com has identified some of the great savings available.

Amazon

32-inch 720p LED TV - $70

32-inch 720p Smart TV - $125

Up to 60 per cent off toys from Disney, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, and Barbie

Best Buy 

49-inch LED TV with built-in Chromecast - $200 (Reduced from $450)

Blu-ray movies - $7.99

Up to 60 per cent off video games

Sharp 55-inch 1080p LED Smart TV - $250 (Reduced from $500)

Dick's Sporting Goods

Selected Nike and Under Armour clothes and gear - Reduced by 25 percent

Selected cardio machines - Reduced by 50 percent

Selected hoodies and fleeces - Reduced by 50 percent

Kmart 

Christmas decorations - Reduced by 50 percent

Selected DVDs and movies - $1

Macy's

Men's down coats - Reduced by 75 percent

Samsonite luggage - Reduced by 60 percent

Nine West handbags - Reduced by up to 70 percent

Target

50-inch Hisense 4K UHD TV - $250

iPad Air 2 - $274 (Reduced from $400)

Powerbeats 2 Wireless Earphones - $90 (Reduced from $200)

Walmart

Selected video games - $8 

Samsung Chromebook 3 - $119 

Selected DVD and Blu-ray movies - $2 

Consumer confidence rose by 8.4 points from October to 85.2 in November - the biggest gain within a month since December 2011, according to the University of Michigan's final reading of consumer sentiment for November.

'The upsurge in favorable economic prospects is not surprising given Trump's populist policy views, and it was perhaps exaggerated by what most considered a surprising victory as well as by a widespread sense of relief that the election had finally ended,' Richard Curtin, University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers chief economist told Bloomberg.

With increased confidence in job security, wage growth and soaring markets, shoppers are planning to spend, spend, spend over the holidays. 

They also estimate that holiday sales will grow 3.6 percent on last year - bringing a $630.05 billion boon to the economy.

Kelly Ingram reacts while receiving a Hatchimal, a top toy of the holiday season, while shopping at Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas

Customers shop just after the 3 pm Black Friday sale opening at the J.C Penney department store in Tyler, Texas

Donnell Allen, a sales associate at JC Penny, attempts to hand out coupon packets while being rushed by a crowd of Black Friday shoppers shortly after the doors opened at 3 pm

HEN IS BLACK FRIDAY 2016? WHAT TIME DO SALES START AT STORES ACROSS THE COUNTRY? 

Best Buy: Sales begin at 5pm, Thursday, November 24

Dick's Sporting Goods: Sales begin at 6pm, Thursday, November 24

Home Depot: Sales begin at 6am, Friday, November 25

J.C. Penney: Sales begin at 3pm, Thursday, November 24

Kmart: Sales begin at 7pm, Thursday, November 24

Macy's: Sales begin at 5pm, Thursday, November 24

Target: Sales begin at 6pm, Thursday, November 24 

Toys R Us: Sales begin at 5pm, Thursday, November 24 

Walmart: Sales begin at 6pm, Thursday, November 24 

'You will see a bump in spending this year because this election was so close, so highly contested, and so dramatic no matter which candidate you supported,' Marshal Cohen, retail analyst with NPD Group, told Business Insider.

The predictions are in line with results of a recent survey by ForeSee revealed most Americans are planning to spend the same or more during the holiday season than in the run up to the election. 

While it could be expected that Trump supporters would be driving the spending frenzy on a wave of optimism after their candidate won, the survey reveals that 20 per cent of Democrats plan to spend more in the coming weeks.

Massive lines of customers wait to pay for their products inside a Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas, on Thursday night

Walmart customers score deals while shopping during the retailer's Black Friday event on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, in Bentonville, AR

A woman carries two items as she walks past a Barbie display at a Toys R Us in New Jersey on Thursday night

An attendant is seen carrying boxes of shoes for customers at Macy's during the first hours of the Black Friday sales on Thursday

A shopper pushes a trolley with a large driveable toy car inside it through the doors at Toys R Us in Paramus, New Jersey

Shoppers buy gifts at the Toys R Us store during early Black Friday events on November 24 in Paramus, New Jersey

That is double the percentage of Republicans who plan to up their spending.

Cohen added: 'Half the country is going to be happy, so they are going to go out and spend, and half is going to be very distraught and disturbed - and one way to get out of that slump is to distract themselves by going to stores.' 

With so much air time dedicated to the election over the past year, retailers will also get the chance to air their holiday advertising.

Meanwhile, shoppers who had been holding back over concerns about what the results could mean to the economy have been pleasantly surprised. 

The store manager (middle) at a Best Buy gives his sales team a pep talk moments before opening the doors to Black Friday shoppers in Fairfax, Virginia

A shopper with his young son in his arms pushes a pram through a Toys R Us store in Paramus, New Jersey, on Thursday night

Big department stores, such as Macy's and Khol's are expecting a strong holiday spending period. 

'Things that are distracting like the election, once there's an outcome, certainty is a good thing,' Kohl CEO, Kevin Mansell said. 'So from a positive perspective, having certainty on that is probably a good thing looking into the holiday.'

Marvin Ellison, J.C. Penney Co. Chief Executive Officer said in an interview this month: 'We've had some, we believe, pent up demand - just based on the economics of our consumer.'

The consumer expectations index of the survey rose by 8.4 points from October to 85.2 - the biggest gain within a month since December 2011, according to he University of Michigan's final reading of consumer sentiment for November 


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