SAN ANTONIO -- Black Friday got off to a rowdy start at South Park Mall where police say one shopper pulled a gun on another shopper at Sears.

According to a San Antonio police report, a 33-year-old man was punched in the face by another man who allegedly pushed his way to the front of the line around 9 p.m. Thursday.

The store opened to early Black Friday shoppers at 8 p.m.

The man who was punched told officers he pulled out his handgun in self defense, which caused other shoppers to scramble for their own safety.

Police said the man who threw the punch took cover behind a refrigerator and then left the store before officers arrive.

According to the report, the gun had a single bullet in the chamber. Officers emptied the gun and handed it back to its owner after he showed officers his concealed carry permit.

The mother of the man who allegedly pushed his way to the front of the line said the man with the gun had instigated the scuffle. She told officers he had been rude while standing near them in line ever since 6 a.m.

Police said the store manager gave the man with the gun a voucher and asked him to leave.

All parties were then asked to leave and were escorted away by police.

Police said one man was stepped on by shoppers who running for cover after the gun was pulled. He was treated for minor injuries at the store.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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