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Some people were mugged or even killed for early versions of the shoe, created by Nike Inc. In Tukwila, Murphy said the crowd was on the verge of a riot and would have gotten even more out of hand if the police hadn't intervened."It was not a nice, orderly group of shoppers," Murphy said."There were a lot of hostile and disorderly people." About 25 officers from Tukwila, Renton, Kent, Seattle and King County responded.
The Southcenter mall's stores sold out of the Air Jordan 11 Retro Concords, and all but about 50 people got their Nikes, Murphy said.
Shoppers described the scene as chaotic and at times dangerous.
Carlisa Williams said she joined the crowd at the Southcenter for the experience and ended up buying two pairs of shoes -- one for her and one for her brother.
But she said she'll never do anything like it again.
SEATTLE -- The release of Nike's new Air Jordan basketball shoes caused a frenzy at stores across the nation Friday as scuffles broke out and police were brought in to stamp out unrest that nearly turned into riots in some places.
Shoppers stood in long lines through the night to get their hands on a retro version of one of the most popular models of Air Jordans ever made.The fights were reminiscent of violence that broke out in the early 1990s on streets across America as the shoes became popular targets for thieves.The frenzy over Air Jordans has been dangerous in the past."I don't understand why they're so important to people," Williams told KING-TV. It's not worth risking your life over." A 42-year-old woman died in a single-vehicle crash in Putnam County on Sunday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.State troopers said Kristin Pelfrey was a passenger in a van driven by 50-year-old Ricky Cullen.The two were heading east on Sisco Road, just east of Burleigh Road at p.m.