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The Target on Bluemound Road in Brookfield was locked down Friday morning because of a fight in the parking lot over sports trading cards, police said. Police said a 35-year-old man was physically assaulted by four men ranging in age from 23 to 35 years of age as he left the store. During the assault, the victim, who is a valid concealed carry permit holder, was able to grab his gun at which point his attackers ran, police said. No shots were fired and did the victim pursue his attackers. All four men who ran were located in the surrounding area and taken into custody. The victim suffered minor injuries but did require immediate medical attention at the scene.A fifth man was identified on the scene but was not arrested. Nearby Trader Joe’s and Children’s Wisconsin clinic were also on lockdown for about an hour because of this, but have since reopened. A box of trading cards can turn around and sell for easily five times what the buyer paid for it. “It’s almost like the golden ticket Willie Wonka theory. Certain cards are really tough to get. It’s a big value and they’re hard to get, but you might get it,” said Jeff Lemieux of Jeff’s Sports Inc.He said COVID-related production cuts, combined with people spending more time at home rekindling their interest in collecting, and sharing it with their kids, has led to intense competition for what new cards there are.”People looking for sports cards has just skyrocketed,” Lemieux said. In a statement, a Target spokesperson Brian Harper-Tibaldo said, “Given the significant interest in trading cards, we recently began limiting MLB, NBA, NFL and Pokémon purchases to one item per guest, per day, and asking guests not to lineup overnight. We’re continuing to evaluate the protocols we have in place to ensure safety at our stores related to this category.”

The Target on Bluemound Road in Brookfield was locked down Friday morning because of a fight in the parking lot over sports trading cards, police said.

Police said a 35-year-old man was physically assaulted by four men ranging in age from 23 to 35 years of age as he left the store.

During the assault, the victim, who is a valid concealed carry permit holder, was able to grab his gun at which point his attackers ran, police said.

No shots were fired and did the victim pursue his attackers.

All four men who ran were located in the surrounding area and taken into custody.

The victim suffered minor injuries but did require immediate medical attention at the scene.

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A fifth man was identified on the scene but was not arrested.

Nearby Trader Joe’s and Children’s Wisconsin clinic were also on lockdown for about an hour because of this, but have since reopened.

A box of trading cards can turn around and sell for easily five times what the buyer paid for it.

“It’s almost like the golden ticket Willie Wonka theory. Certain cards are really tough to get. It’s a big value and they’re hard to get, but you might get it,” said Jeff Lemieux of Jeff’s Sports Inc.

He said COVID-related production cuts, combined with people spending more time at home rekindling their interest in collecting, and sharing it with their kids, has led to intense competition for what new cards there are.

“People looking for sports cards has just skyrocketed,” Lemieux said.

In a statement, a Target spokesperson Brian Harper-Tibaldo said, “Given the significant interest in trading cards, we recently began limiting MLB, NBA, NFL and Pokémon purchases to one item per guest, per day, and asking guests not to lineup overnight. We’re continuing to evaluate the protocols we have in place to ensure safety at our stores related to this category.”

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