A stampede of shoppers in a Valley Stream Wal-Mart on (Black) Friday morning left one worker dead and at least three patrons injured after an impatient crowd broke down the store doors and trampled the seasonal employee, Nassau police said.
Jdimytai Damour of Jamaica, Queens, was pushed to the ground by the 2,000-plus crowd just before 5 a.m. as management was preparing to open the store, which is located across from the main Green Acres Mall building. Hundreds stepped over, around and on the 34-year-old worker as they rushed into the store.
“This crowd was out of control,” said Nassau Police Det. Lt. Michael Fleming, whose squad is investigating.
“Nobody was trying to help him,” said shopper Nakea Augustine, who was in the line. “They were rushing in the store, rushing, rushing, rushing.”
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