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Shoppers Pepper Sprayed at Odessa Wal-Mart

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ODESSA - NewsWest 9 has confirmed through Wal-Mart officials that pepper spray was used on shoppers at the Odessa Wal-Mart on Thursday night.

Wal-Mart officials tell NewsWest 9, a crowd of shoppers rushed a pallet of merchandise at the beginning of the 8 p.m. sale of tablets and headphones.

Police and store staff tried to control the crowd. However, a young boy was knocked down by the crowd and police resorted to using pepper spray on the crowd.

Wal-Mart officials say the young boy is doing fine.

Wal-Mart has released a statement regarding the incident on Thursday night, " This is one of a few isolated incidents across the country and we don't feel it's an overall fair representation of what took place at the majority of our 4000 plus stores. From coast to coast, we had the safest start to Black Friday ever. With 22 million of customers shopping our stores, we expect some incidents, but thankfully they were isolated and resolved quickly. Overall the number of incidents is significantly down from last year. Our safety plans worked, and we've heard great feedback from our customers and associates," Dianna Gee, a Wal-Mart Spokesperson said.

We're told that no injuries were reported.

Coming up tonight on NewsWest 9 at 6 p.m., NewsWest 9's Devin Sanchez will have an interview with two people who were pepper sprayed, one of those people is pregnant. Tune in tonight at 6 p.m. for more on this story.