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Wal-Mart Pepper Spraying Shopper Won't Face Charges, Says DA

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The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office revealed today they will not seek charges against a woman who allegedly used pepper spray on her fellow shoppers at a Porter Ranch Wal-Mart during their Black Friday pre-sale event. Elizabeth Macias, 32, went to her local Los Angeles Police Department station the day after the event, when news of her wielding the spray to ward off fellow shoppers angling for some X-Box video games had made waves around the world. However, Macias declined to be interviewed, according to City News Service.

Authorities reviewed footage and witness testimony, but have not been able to put together a case against Macias. It became apparent soon after the Thanksgiving night incident that Macias might not face criminal charges. One theory has included that Macias used the pepper spray in self-defense amidst the shopping melee.

About 20 people were injured during the incident.