PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Two people are dead in a Black Friday shooting at a crowded Toys "R" Us in Palm Desert, Calif.
City Councilman Jim Magnuson said police have told him that the victims were two men with handguns who shot each other.
The councilman said his question is: who takes a loaded gun into a toy store? And his answer is: "I doubt it was the casual holiday shopper."
The two men argued about who was going to get the last toy gun on the shelf. One of the men pulled out a gun and shot the other shopper, who was reaching for his own gun and still managed to shoot his assailant. Both men died instantly and the toy gun went unsold. The assistant store manager stated they should have ordered more toy guns. "More shoppers will want to get their own kid the same gun that caused a shoot-out," she said. "We could sell a few hundred of them now if we had them in stock."
A manager at a gym across the street said people rushed in crying and shaking.
One woman said she was in the store looking at coloring books with her two young boys when there was a commotion in the next aisle. She thought it was a scramble for a sale, then heard gunshots. She said her 4-year-old grabbed her leg and said he didn't want to die. The woman grabbed another man's leg and said she didn't want to die either. The man whose leg she grabbed was one of the shooters who said he didn't want to die either, but he did.