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2 Shot Dead at California Toys R Us

Two men were shot and killed Friday inside a Toys R Us in Palm Desert, Calif., during a confrontation apparently involving rival groups, city officials said.

Palm Desert Councilman Jim Ferguson said police told him two men with handguns shot and killed each other. Ferguson said he asked police whether the incident was a dispute over a toy or whether it was gang-related. He said police told him they were not going to release further details until the victims' relatives were notified.

"I think the obvious question everyone has is who takes loaded weapons into a Toys R Us?" he said. "I doubt it was the casual holiday shopper."

City spokeswoman Sheila Gilligan said police told her the shooting broke out between "two groups of individuals that have a dispute with each other."

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Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez said Palm Desert police got a call saying shots had been fired inside the store around 11:35 a.m.

"We have two dead individuals inside the store," Gutierrez said. "The events of why the shots were fired is still ongoing."

Witnesses are calling the incident a murder-suicide, but that could not be immediately confirmed.

Bob Friedland, public relations manager for Toys R Us said the company is working closely with local law enforcement to determine the specific details of what happened at the store.

"We are outraged by the act of violence that occurred...and by the fact that anyone would compromise the safety and security of our customers and employees," Friedland said. "Our understanding is that this act seems to have been the result of a personal dispute between the individuals involved. Therefore, it would be inaccurate to associate the events of today with Black Friday."

Shopper Sarah Pacia, of Cathedral City, Calif., told The Desert Sun that she was browsing through the coloring books in the store with her two young sons, ages 4 and 6, when she heard a ruckus coming from the next aisle.

At first, she thought it was a Black Friday scuffle over a toy on sale, the paper reported. Then she heard three or four shots ring out. Store employees quickly escorted her outside.

She said her terrified 4-year-old son Jayden clung to her leg and told her that he didn't want to die.

"This is Toys R Us. There are kids shopping in there," Pacia told the Sun.

Immediately after the shooting, about 20 people rushed into the World Gym across the street from Toys 'R' Us, the gym's assistant manager Glenn Splain told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

"They were crying, tearing and shaking," Splain said, adding that one woman came in cradling a baby.

"Some people got into a fight," said Splain, who spoke with some of the customers. "One of the guys here thought it was over a toy but it got louder and louder and then there were gunshots."

Palm Desert is about two hours southeast of Los Angeles.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,458890,00.html
 

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Groups, is that the political correct term for gangs ?
 

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Yep you are right.
 

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Unconfirmed reports say that the violence was further escalated when several members of one "group" hopped into a power-wheels car for a drive by shooting.

At least one of the suspects fled after opening fire with a fully automatic assault NERF rifle. With strong urging by Pres-elect Obama the BATF is looking into tighter restrictions on all NERF weapons. An unconfirmed quote from Obama said "These weapons belong on a foreign battle field not in our toy stores".
 

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This is sicker than the walmart stampede.
 

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it has begun more will happen so they can show the public how guns are bad
i should say there will be more news coverage
 

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I still find the wal-mart stampede more disturbing. The Toys r us incident involved two groups of people being a-holes. This is probably nothing new for them so the location didn't make a difference.

The wal-mart stampede was just sick. It was bad enough that someone died over a sale on cheap china junk but then the crowd was laughing and joking about it. If everyday people act like that over a sale then what will happen when theres a real emergency or food shortage?
 
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I still find the wal-mart stampede more disturbing. The Toys r us incident involved two groups of people being a-holes. This is probably nothing new for them so the location didn't make a difference.

The wal-mart stampede was just sick. It was bad enough that someone died over a sale on cheap china junk but then the crowd was laughing and joking about it. If everyday people act like that over a sale then what will happen when theres a real emergency or food shortage?
Agreed, there are shootings at grocery stores and Walmarts often in So.CA. and usually it's an unregistered firearm owned by a criminal w/ a record who does not care about the law. A bunch of tax paying citizens stomping someone to death for a Nintendo seems so much more monstrous.
 

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Agreed, there are shootings at grocery stores and Walmarts often in So.CA. and usually it's an unregistered firearm owned by a criminal w/ a record who does not care about the law. A bunch of tax paying citizens stomping someone to death for a Nintendo seems so much more monstrous.
There have been people trampeled since the 60's at rock concerts and at soccer matches. This is certainly nothing new if you've been awake.
 

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Your attempted insults and instigation tactics are weak at best.


Move along troll, move along:thumb:
people have been trampled and killed before. concerts, soccer matches etc.

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