Customers fight at shoe shops after release of Nike Air Jordan sneakers (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The highly anticipated release of the Nike brand’s new design, the Gamma Blue 11, sparked brawls in shoe stores from California to the Bronx as customers battled each other to buy the $170 sneakers.
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Last year, 22-year-old Joshua Woods was shot and killed after he and a friend bought newly released Nike Air Jordan shoes at a Houston mall.
There were no immediate reports of any injuries or arrests.
His pal escaped the ambush by fleeing into a neighbor’s home.
The slain man’s mother, Dazie Williams, has since launched Life Over Fashion — a campaign to call on Nike to reconsider how it releases the new sneakers.
Pictures and video posted online shows a handful of people, including teenaged girls, fighting each other outside the store.
In one of the clips, which was posted on Instagram, what appear to be several scuffles erupt on Saturday inside a store at Weberstown Mall in Stockton, Calif.
For some Air Jordan shoppers, a new pair of kicks came with a few extra blows last weekend.
Hours earlier, tempers flared outside a Dallas mall — when a group of people tried to cut a long line to another shoe store about to release the new Air Jordan sneakers.
At one point, a shirtless man is pummeled to the floor as others fight each other inside the store.
Four men were later arrested for the senseless killing.
“It hurt me greatly knowing that he had been killed over shoes,” the mother told the Cypress Creek Mirror last summer. “But it’s nothing new. This has been going on since the 80s.
Police told KTXL-TV that everyone fled the store before officers arrived. No arrests were made.
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