VIDEO: Black Friday scrum at Walmart
An American woman who pepper-sprayed other shoppers during US holiday sales so she could get an Xbox video game console at a deep discount has turned herself in
The woman surrendered at a police station following the incident late on Thursday (local time), which left at least 10 people injured on the biggest shopping day of the year in the US
Her name has not been released but she has been described as being in her 30s.
"The investigation is still ongoing," said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Bruce Borihahn, adding that the woman's name and eventual charges filed against her would be made public at a later time.
"We have several victims and witnesses that need to be interviewed to determine what appropriate actions need to be taken."
In Thursday's incident at a Walmart store in the Porter Ranch neighbourhood, the woman - trying to take advantage of low "doorbuster" prices on the Xbox console - turned a can of mace on other shoppers as the store opened late at night.
The woman was able to purchase the Xbox and leave the store before police arrived.
PHOTO: Bargain hunters shop for discounted merchandise at Macy's in New York. (Michael Nagle)
At least 10 customers, including children, were injured and have filed police complaints.
A fire department spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that 20 people were treated for injuries.
The incident, along with several shootings, marred the start of the US holiday shopping season that traditionally kicks off after the Thanksgiving holiday with Black Friday bargains.
Meanwhile, early estimates show the Black Friday sales hit a new record for the start of the holiday shopping season.
Sales hit $US11.4 billion, up 6.6 per cent compared to last year, and the biggest dollar amount ever spent on Black Friday, Chicago-based research firm ShopperTrak said in a statement.
It is the largest year-on-year gain since an 8.3 per cent increase in sales between 2006 and 2007.
But the company warned: "Still, it's just one day. It remains to be seen whether consumers will sustain this behaviour through the holiday shopping season."