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Stunning Black Friday Mall Melee Caught On Video

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Competition for Black Friday deals can be fierce, but you rarely expect anything like this to happen.

This fight was caught on camera at the Franklin Mills Mall, with stunned onlookers wondering how to react.

FOX 29's Jennifer Joyce reported live Friday night from Northeast Philadelphia.

Black Friday shoppers can be seen on the cell phone video. Just so you know we did blur the video because no one has been charged. We also did not want to show the faces of the children trapped in the middle.

"It's my first instinct to pull out the phone, to get it on camera," said Mike Napolitano, of Newtown, Pa.

His quick instinct captured a brutal Black Friday brawl on tape.

Within seconds of fists flying, the video shows a girl in gray using what appears to be a stun gun on another shopper.

"You could around you all the managers were actually shutting the gates on the stores because people get nervous," Napolitano said. "They don't know what's going to happen."

He says the fight broke out around 2:30 a.m. Friday. The witness tells us it started inside of a store and then spilled out into the "red" wing of the shopping mall, quickly attracting a crowd.

"There was a baby like right in the middle of it in a stroller. It was crazy!" Napolitano said.

The video stunned shoppers who were at the mall Friday night.

"Oh snap," said one while watching the footage.

"Oh my God!" said another.

"Everyone wants to have sales, and just the season brings out the craziness in people," said Tito Nyemah, of Bensalem, Pa.

Franklin Mills Mall General Manager John Ahle released a statement, saying: "Thousands of eager holiday shoppers have visited Franklin Mills over the past 18 hours and enjoyed great Black Friday deals and a festive shopping experience. An isolated incident occurred in the early morning hours between two female shoppers, that was quickly stopped by our security team, and both women were escorted out of the mall. We are committed to the safety of our shoppers, retailers and employees and will not tolerate this unacceptable behavior."

Philadelphia police say they were not called to the scene.

Scary moments like these that disrupt a wholesome happy holiday feel have some shoppers wondering if the bargains are worth the madness.

"It ruins it for people now. Like, you want to go out there, and then you see stuff like this. And you're like, 'Oh, I don't want to go out and get beat up over like a pair of socks,'" Napolitano said.

Spokesperson for the mall says they do not know what sparked this fight.

And, again, while it's hard to know for sure whether or not it was a stun gun used, Philadelphia police want to remind people that those weapons are illegal, Joyce reported.

There appears to have been pandemonium at malls and stores across the country.

A wild crowd at a Florida BrandsMart store apparently took the term "door-buster" literally. They pushed and shoved their way inside as the store opened early. Luckily, no injuries were reported.

And in Bergen County, N.J., tempers flared at a Walmart, ending in one man's arrest. A customer reportedly had a heated disagreement with store management.

Store officials asked the man to leave. When he refused, they called police. But when cops arrived, the customer allegedly attacked an officer. The whole thing apparently happened because of a television. That suspect was subdued with pepper spray before he was arrested.

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