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No PS3 violence here, local police say

No PS3 violence here, local police say

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BLOOMINGTON - A man was shot in Connecticut Friday while waiting outside a Wal-Mart for the PlayStation 3 to go on sale.

In Kentucky, a passing vehicle fired BB pellets at people standing outside a Best Buy.

Scuffles ensued in other parts of the country also, but not in Central Illinois, where retailers subdued any mad dashes by handing out presale tickets to those first in line.

Bloomington police handled one minor complaint but didn't file a report, said spokesman Duane Moss.

Normal police didn't receive any complaints, said Lt. Mark Kotte.

Police in Clinton and Pontiac didn't either.

In Bloomington, four people arrived to the Best Buy early Friday, thinking they were the first in line. Best Buy employees informed them otherwise, so one of the hopeful customers called police, claiming he was denied access to the store.

However, the first person to arrive, Illinois State University freshman Jeff Sommer, arrived around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Best Buy had handed out tickets to Sommer and others who'd been camping out overnight, guaranteeing them one of the 30 PS3s that went on sale.

After sleeping in the cold since Tuesday night, they grabbed their tickets, packed up their gear and headed to their cars to warm up, knowing they couldn't lose their spots in line.

That's when the group showed up, seeing no one in front of the store. The situation resolved itself and the officer on the scene quickly left.


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