UPDATED: Wal-Mart Worker Dies After Shoppers Trample Him

Police say a Wal-Mart employee was knocked to the ground and later pronounced dead after opening the store to anxious shoppers on Long Island, New York.

A spokesman for Nassau County police says it was "utter chaos." One women said shoppers were acting like "savages." Other witnesses say even as the man lay on the ground, shoppers streamed into the store, stepping over him. Police say dozens of store employees who tried to help the man were also trampled by the crowd.

At least four other people were hurt, including a woman who is eight months pregnant. Police say she and her baby are said to be OK.

Surveillance video is being reviewed for possible criminal charges. But police say it could be hard to identify individual shoppers.

Below is a statement posted on Wal-Mart's website:

Walmart Statement on Black Friday Incident at Valley Stream Store

We expected a large crowd this morning and added additional internal security, additional third party security, additional store associates and we worked closely with the Nassau County Police. We also erected barricades. Despite all of our precautions, this unfortunate event occurred.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased. We are continuing to work closely with local law enforcement and we are reaching out to those involved."

- Hank Mullany, Senior Vice President and President, Northeast Division, Walmart U.S.


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  • by liz Location: oh on Dec 9, 2008 at 12:01 AM
    walmart shoppers are just like that here. anything for a good deal.
  • by jannet on Dec 7, 2008 at 12:04 PM
    these people are just crazy -at least look down at were you are walking or running.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2008 at 06:51 AM
    If this were you - I'm sure you'd think it was really hilarious then!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2008 at 09:09 PM
    After a week, it's still hilarious.
  • by Joemama Location: Kinston on Dec 4, 2008 at 05:52 PM
    ToBeSureNot!! I know something like this did'nt happen. I'll tell you what BOY!! MAN!!! Walmart and walmart shoppers need to go on somewhere.
  • by Jane Location: Pennsauken on Dec 4, 2008 at 04:57 PM
    WalMart should be held responsible. THey were not prepared And their statement shows they knew there would be a problem. If they really were working closely with Nassau Police, why??? At that point they knew they had a problem, and only did what would cover themselves, not their employees.
  • by PGV Location: PGV on Dec 4, 2008 at 01:47 PM
    Hey "McCain snake oil" your correct Jesus Christ birthday was in the summer and the exact date was Sept. 11, 3BC. So for all you saturnalists celebrators this the season to be greedy. And live it up at your office parties
  • by PGV Location: PGV on Dec 4, 2008 at 01:40 PM
    No different than the "crap" that happened during the Katrina aftermath in NOLA
  • by morgan Location: :D on Dec 4, 2008 at 10:45 AM
    man, it stinks that people can be so greedy to get into the store that this would happen... but i think everyone in this situation should be prayed for.... but especially the man's family!
  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Dec 4, 2008 at 03:47 AM
    to JACKSON; When I was in basic training we had to pull community services at different locations. This on time we were assigned to a grocery store where we helped restock isle and various other odd jobs. The manager led us to the end of one of the isle's where there was a display for cans of peas that read 2 for a $1. Then he lead us 3 isle's over to the vegetable isle where the same peas were marked at $.48. Just goes to show you what people will do when they see a 2 for or 1/2 off display.
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