A temporary Wal-mart employee was trampled by a crowd of more than 2,000 customers as he was unlocking doors on Friday.
According to CNN, 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour's death could have been prevented.
"This is not just tragic; it rises to a level of blatant irresponsibility by Wal-Mart," said Bruce Both, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500. (CNN)
The crowd, according to the New York Times, was restless. The police had to be called at 3:30 a.m. for crowd control. As opening time neared, the crowd became worse. Fists banged against the sliding-glass doors, as people pushed. Six to 10 employees worked to keep the doors closed, but were unable to. Police were nowhere in sight.
Witnesses and police said that the doors suddenly shattered and the mob rushed into the store in search of holiday bargains. Damour was thrown against the floor and trampled by the crowd. According to the Times, he was pronounced dead an hour later. Customers became irate when the store announced it was closing down due to the death.
Four others were brought to the hospital to get treatment for minor injuries.
"This incident was avoidable," Both said. "Where were the safety barriers? Where was security? How did store management not see dangerous numbers of customers barreling down on the store in such an unsafe manner?"
According to the Washington Post, the Nassau County police are reviewing surveillance tapes of the accident in an effort to find out who trampled Damour to death.
Criminal charges are possible, however, identifying individual shoppers in the video may be a challenge, Detective Lt. Michael Fleming, a Nassau County police spokesman, said to the Washington Post.