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Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death on Black Friday

Shoppers in New York trampled a Wal-Mart worker to death on Friday as the doors opened at 5 a.m. for the after-Thanksgiving day sales report the International Herald Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

A crowd of 2,000 shoppers waited outside a Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, New York (on Long Island), for the store to open at 5 a.m., but that wait was too long for the crowd. They beginning pushing and shoving at 4:55 a.m. and caused the doors to come off their hinges, allowing the shoppers in the store. The employee who died was standing inside the entryway of the store. As the doors broke open frenzied shoppers trampled the man said the International Herald Tribune. They also said the employee had not been identified. He was pronounced dead at 6:03 a.m. at a local hospital.

The Pioneer Press says that employee was 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour of Queens according to the police. The Press also says that the shoppers left a “section of the metal frame of the door crumpled up like an accordion.? Other employees tried to help the man, and also got trampled in doing. Damour was pronounced dead by doctors at about 6 a.m.

After the employee got trampled, customers were asked to leave due to his death. But the customers refused to abide because they said they had been in line since yesterday morning says the Pioneer Press.

Other people were taken to the hospital for injuries sustained at this Wal-Mart as a result of the “savage? shoppers, also. One of these people was a 28-year-old pregnant woman, though reports say she and baby are ok. (Pioneer Press).

The Herald reports that the line starting forming outside the store at 9 p.m. on Thursday.

“I've heard other people call this an accident, but it’s not,? Nassau County Det. Lieutenant Michael Fleming said. “This certainly was foreseeable.?