Black Fridays' Death and Injury Toll

US Black Friday incidents by number of reported injuries 2006 - 2014

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Store / Location
Cause of Death / Injury
Place, United States
10 Injured in Southern California Black Friday Mall StampedeDel Amo Fashion CenterStampede200601010Torrance, California, United States
Black Friday brawl at Kohl's in Tustin ends with 3 arrestsKohl'sFight2014022Tustin, California, United States
Black Friday Shoppers Hit By Suspected Drunk Driver In Walmart Parking LotWal-MartCar Accident2012022Covington, Washington, United States
Black Friday Worker Rescued From Canal After Losing Control Of Car Due To ExhaustionNot Applicable (On the Road)Car Accident2011011Pahokee, Florida, United States
Black Friday: Target Shoppers Step Over Walter Vance As He Collapses, DiesTargetHeart Problems2011100South Charleston, West Virginia, United States
Black Friday: Virginia Man Stabbed In Walmart Parking Lot Over SpaceWal-MartStabbing2013011Claypool Hill, Virginia, United States
Clarksville Woman Trampled During Black Friday ShoppingToys 'R' UsStampede2009011Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
Father charged in crash that killed daughters after Black Friday shoppingNot Applicable (On the Road)Car Accident2012255Palo Alto, California, United States
Fights break out at Rome Walmart during Black Friday shoppingWal-MartFight2011022Rome, New York, United States
Former Marine stabbed in Best Buy store by violent customerBest BuyStabbing2010011Augusta, Georgia, United States
Girl trampled in Black Friday Wal-Mart rushWal-MartStampede2011011Fruitport, Michigan, United States
Los Angeles area Black Friday pepper-spray attack at Walmart injures 20Wal-MartPepper Spray201102020Los Angeles, California, United States
Man Stabbed During Black Friday Event at Carlsbad MallCarlsbad MallStabbing2013011El Camino Real, California, United States
Newport, Arkansas Walmart employee injured during Black Friday salesWal-MartFall2013011Newport, Arkansas, United States
Off-duty police pepper spray North Carolina shoppersWal-MartPepper Spray201102020Kinston, North Carolina, United States
Rialto Walmart brawl sends one police officer to hospitalWal-MartFight2013011Rialto, California, United States
Salt Lake Tribune, The : Red-hot on Black Friday‎Fashion Place MallStampede2006011Murray, Utah, United States
Several injured in Black Friday-related shooting outside Kohl's in IllinoisKohl'sShooting2013022Romeoville, Illinois, United States
Shooting outside California Walmart, 1 woundedWal-MartShooting2011011San Leandro, California, United States
Shopper carrying TV home from Target shot in Las VegasTargetShooting2013011Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Shopper Pepper Sprayed, Arrested in Argument Over TV at New Jersey WalmartWal-MartPepper SprayFight2013011Garfield, New Jersey, United States
Southern California Toys 'R' Us Shooting Leaves Two DeadToys 'R' UsShooting2008222Palm Desert, California, United States
Teen returning home from Black Friday shopping fell asleep at wheel, killed in wreckNot Applicable (On the Road)Car Accident2013144Belmont, North Carolina, United States
Thanksgiving Day bargain shoppers send 11 year-old to hospitalWal-MartStampede2013022New Boston, Ohio, United States
Thanksgiving shopper hit by car at Wyomissing WalmartWal-MartCar Accident2014011Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, United States
Transwoman assaulted at Kohl's Department Store in Jackson, TNKohl'sAssault2010011Jackson, Tennessee, United States
Two People Shot at Tallahassee Walmart Over Parking SpaceWal-MartShooting2012022Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Woman Wounded in South Carolina Black Friday Robbery AttemptWal-MartRobbery Attempt2011011Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampedeWal-MartStampede2008144Long Island, New York, United States

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Wal-Mart is the location of more than half of reported Black Friday incidents with deaths / injuries

Out of the 29 reported US Black Friday accidents with deaths or injuries, more than half happened in a Wal-Mart store.

Number of Black Friday Incidents by Store / Location

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And if we look at the number of injuries per location, almost two-thirds of the 92 reported  injuries happened in Wal-mart.

Injuries per Store / Location

However, if we normalize this injury-toll by the number of events reported, Wal-Mart's record is surpassed by the Del Amo Fashion Center, where 10 people were injured during a single incident, a stampede in 2006

Black Friday Incidents

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The two deadliest Black Friday incidents took place in California

Deathly Black Friday Incidents

Timeline of Injuries and Deaths of Black Friday Incidents

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Pepper spray is the major cause of 2011's record of 46 people injured during Black Friday related events

Deaths and Injuries by Year

Injuries by type of incident

Looking at the data, this is mainly due to two episodes occurred in Wal-Mart stores in North Carolina and California. Both involved the use of pepper spray.

Black Friday incidents with most injuries

While pepper spray accounts for almost 45% of all injuries in the 2006 - 2014 period, it's not the deadliest type of Black Friday incident. There have seven Black Friday related deaths, and almost half of them were due to a car accident

Number of Injuries and Deaths by type of incident

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