Hazmat Team Called To Bleach Fight At Baltimore Co. Wal-Mart

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)– It was a chaotic scene at a Baltimore County Wal-Mart Saturday as the store was evacuated after a brawl inside.

Weijia Jiang reports on how it all unfolded.

Police say what started as a fight between two women ended as a crime scene and a hazmat scare.

It all happened at a Wal-Mart on Washington Boulevard, where shoppers and employees became victims.

“We were starting to get a lot of calls from throughout the store for a lot of patients suffering,” said Glenn Blackwell of the Baltimore County Fire Department. “Irritants to the eyes, respiratory passages.”

Police say Saturday just before 11 a.m., Theresa Jefferson, 33, followed a woman into the store, then approached her in the household cleaning aisle.

They say Jefferson started punching and dousing the victim with bleach and Pine-Sol, which contains ammonia. Mixed with chlorine, it makes a dangerous gas that can burn the eyes and respiratory tract.

The victim and 18 others were rushed to nearby hospitals.

“It’s a little crazy. It’s scary to walk into somewhere families take their kids,” customer Tatiana Gurnsey said.

“It’s a little pathetic, you let something get that violent that you send 18 innocent people to the hospital,” another customer Brad Simmons said.

But the fight didn’t end there. Investigators say after the bleach battle, the suspect came to the nearby Wilkens Police Station to file a protective order against the victim. That’s when officers recognized who she was.

“That officer placed the suspect under arrest at the time when she determined she was a suspect in an assault and not an actual victim,” Officer Shawn Vinson of the Baltimore County Police said.

Police say the victim’s current boyfriend is the father of Jefferson’s child, and the two have fought in the past.

For Wal-Mart’s part, a spokesperson says, “This is not the type of behavior we would expect in one of our stores. We apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused our customers.”

Jefferson is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $350,000 bond, and faces many charges, including assault.

One victim was taken to the eye center at Johns Hopkins. Police do not know the extent of all the injuries but say none of them is life threatening.

  • TheRiley

    Wow… Really people? How immature can you be…?

    • Tyrell McPimpscoon

      they’re not “people”…

      • clorexa de spill

        we street, reprezent…obama 2012, bringing down the house

  • Steve

    Must have been a really good sale on Clorox!

  • KottaMan

    This incident is disgusting. Some people, the 28-year-old included, never learned to behave. And these people want respect? Not gonna happen! Baltimore County should go after these cretins for the FD and Hazmat response cost and Walmart should go after them for the two hours of lost gross profit. Clearly, these two idiots need to get a strong message.

    • Philip B Kirschner

      As a former 911 responder, i can attest to the cost of a response. About $100.00 for an incident like that, plus hospital costs to insurance companies and ambulance costs.

      • KottaMan

        Your $100.00 won’t cut it. More like 5 grand. You can’t roll an engine even for $100 let alone a Hazmat.

    • RavenLude

      yeah right, do u really think this walmart shopping criminal has the money to reimburse the taxpayers for the unnecessary emergency response. she probably wont even get a severe punishment, most likely super secret probation

      • Alvar

        Not if one or more of the innocent victims files charges.

  • Kittymom11

    Whoever these folks are they need to grow up and NEVER be allowed into that store again.

  • harm city

    i would never go there anyway drive further to a better location.

  • smd

    That walmart is horrible all the way around. I would rather drive farther to a different one that has better service, safer, and cleaner.

  • Crazy!

    Just one of the million reasons I stay far, far, far away from Wal-Mart.

  • Lauren

    I was at the walmart when this accord, you could hear them arguing from a mile away. I heard someone said hair was pulled out and blood was on the floor. So thats why i thought i spelled ammonia. When i got closer the smell made me puke. It was so strong. A lot of people were coughing. My son included who is two years old. One women was sitting on the bench near the bathroom crying and her husband and son were there. Someone came on the loud speaker when i was leaving announcing that they had emts with oxygen units for anyone having trouble breathing. I should have gone. Im pregnant so inhaling those chemicals was not the best thing. Some people will never grow up and like some one previously stated,i hope they have to pay the 19 peoples hospital bills and walmart for the 2 hr closing time.

    • cHARmcity

      sounds like you just want money.. hope you use it for spelling lessons.

  • Bill

    Lauren, if you are pregnant and had a 2 year old with you, why in God’s name would you even go near that mess? I hope both the two year old as well as your unborn child are ok. Next time read it in the paper.

  • cHARMcity

    1st of the month.. stamps are out.. what do you expect.. ** white and black** people.

    • clorexa de spill

      I heared dat honey chile, don’t foget my free heatlth care.

  • Laurel

    only at a walmart…smh….and btw, does not matter what color they are, they are all nitwits.

  • Gayle Johnson

    Why does race always come into play? Who ever they are they need anger mangement oh, hell just throw in jail and make them pay for the Hazmat team, which is not cheap!

  • Survival

    This is a serious crime!!!!! Hope the lady is ok…

    • Minnie

      That person caused alot of harm to innocent people and fumes have made permanent alterations to the body of MANY ..Attempted Murder charges . Give her the hardest — in any way you can . I’m tired of Maryland being hidiously stupid -something must be done about it

  • RP

    It was a clean fight… too soon?

    • Maximum Overdrive

      Clean fight – that’s funny dude!

  • RDH

    I live in Arbutus, two miles from this Walmart, and I drive to Glen Burnie just to avoid it. And don’t even THINK about going in there the first week of the month when government dependents use their Orwellian-named “Independence” Cards. (Question: why are there so many FAT people with “Independence” Cards?)

    There’s nothing wrong with that store that couldn’t be fixed with a suitable application of high explosives.

  • KottaMan

    Why do so many blacks resort to violence to settle their differences? There is a cultural problem here it seems. A 33-year-old woman should have learned better ways of dealing with her emotions. All too often, innocents are harmed by these types of violent “tantrums.” A major spanking is in order.

    • Alvar

      Why do white guys like spanking?

      • KottaMan

        It’s a figure of speech, Alvar. Why do you assume I am white?

      • andrew

        Not sure, but at least spanking doesn’t physically hurt another person. You can spank us to our hearts content, and not a single innocent person will be harmed, not a single business will be damaged, and not a dime in damages. Blacks, on the other hand, resort to violence at every opportunity. Just look at the flash mob phenomenon. Have you ever seen a white face among them?

      • pot, meet kettle

        you guys a so much more mature than the gals in the story. LOL!

  • Carol Zimmerman

    What a mess. Grown people acting like idiots and endangering other people that arent even involved in their fight. All involved are responsible for all costs that they incurred while at Wal Mart, including the payment of medical bills. Unfortunately these idiots probably can’t pay for anything and it will go to court and they will be slapped with a fine that they can’t pay and there will be a judgment placed against them—BIG DEAL. An eye for an eye. Make em wear a big sign saying I AM AN IDIOT WHO LIKES TO ENDANGER PEOPLES LIVES for 60 days and let the public scorn them.

  • Angel

    This type of Behavior is not just at Walmart, but ALL OVER THE WORLD!!! Many of you have lost your mind, because you are not able to deal with yourself. We are ALL in this F- UP economic, but it’s time to give more tough laws to these sick and crazy humans. We need to ship all these sick and crazy humans in there own world far away. Some people will never be well in their minds and hearts, that’s the bottom line…Most children pick up these bad habits from their SICK PARENTS!!!

  • Cris

    The only way this stuff will stop is if they do time for the crime. Someone may be blind over this.

    • Just a thought

      You know, Carol Z. above sounds a bit nutty, but I gotta be honest, she has a point. It seems like incarceration (or the threat of it) doesn’t seem to be much of a deterrent. Maybe the threat of public humiliation could make people think twice. Psychologically, people like the woman who through the tantrum think they are victims and they want to be seen as victims (so did the girl in the McDonald’s attack), but force them to publicly label themselves as vicious offenders and they MAY think twice before attacking citizens.

  • Colleen Lynn

    I wonder if these are the same two idiots that started a bleach fight at the Severn Wal-Mart last year. Those morons were throwing bleach back and forth with the baby right there in the cart.

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  • Thankful

    Just be glad it was not a gun!

  • David

    I, too, live in Arbutus. I avoid this place like the plague. People are rude. The parking lot is littered with garbage and the bus stop in front of the shopping center is a laden with empty shopping carts and trash.

    God help us.

  • Robert Novak

    This isn’t a blakc or white issue, this is a failure of people to behave properly in public issue…..

    • NoahFingWhey

      Sorry Bob but the overwhelming majority of these incidents involve people if color. There is a template. Once you hear just a few details it is possible to determine the ethnicity of those involved with a 99.9% accuracy rate. Statistics don’t lie no matter how hard you wish it weren’t the case.

      • Sorry Noah

        Cmorfair: What source did you use to get your stats? I used the most current US census. Since you have info I couldn’t nail down, it would be helpful to share your sources. Please.

      • Cmor Fair

        FBI Stats, Justice Dept. Just Google it and you’ll find a wealth of information on how blacks commit most of the crime in the United States. Sad thing is that this is true in Great Britain too!

      • Tyrell McPimpscoon

        Noah, you are exactly right. it is blacks that do this sorta thing because it is in their genes. good hearted nice folks like Robert can play the “it’s not about race” nonsense…news stories can try to hide the fact that those involved are black…but we all know the truth.

        just axe me…i know

      • Sorry Noah,

        Sorry Noah, but the overwhelming majority of people in Baltimore are Black (68%), ergo, majority of crimes are committed by “people of color”.

        By the way, the PC-speak (“people of color”, and “ethnicity”) doesn’t mean that your comment is any less offensive and, BTW, if you are going to throw around statistics, you should look them up first.

        I bet you that the majority if crime in Mexico is committed by people of Hispanic heritage. Really? Come on.

      • Cmorfair

        Sorry, but Noah is right. Black make up only a small percentage of the population but make up a majority of the crime EVERYWHERE. Whether it is where they are 68% of the population or 2%, you’ll find that more than 50% of the time it’s a “person of color”. Oddly, this fact is true across the pond as well in Great Britain.

    • willy joe

      Novak, …I ask you then , why is it always the Blacks 99% of the time?

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