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Bargain-hungry shoppers stepped on a fallen Wal-Mart worker, who died Friday morning, after the crowd knocked down the store's front doors -- and the worker -- during the "utter chaos" of a Black Friday shopping melee, Nassau County police said.

"A throng of shoppers . . . physically broke down the doors" at around 5 a.m. Friday and knocked the 34-year-old part-time worker to the ground as the crowd pushed its way into the store at the Green Acres Mall, Nassau police said. Police identified the worker as Jdimytai Damour of Jamaica, Queens.

"This crowd was out of control," said Nassau Police Det. Lt. Michael Fleming, who is investigating the death. He characterized the melee as "utter chaos."

Fleming said an estimated 2,000 people had gathered in line around 5 a.m. as the store was preparing to open. Asked at a news conference whether the store had enough security given the crowds that Black Friday shopping typically attracts, Fleming said no. Four shoppers had minor injuries, police said.
People in the rear of the line began pushing, cascading the people in the front into the doors, which were knocked off their hinges, Fleming said.

Hundreds of shoppers who then streamed in literally stepped on the worker who later died, Fleming said.

Fleming said the worker, who has not been publicly identified, was a temporary worker sent by an employment agency. Fleming said criminal charges were possible in the case, though he said it would be nearly impossible to identify individual shoppers.

But, he said, authorities were reviewing surveillance video.

Another police officer told Newsday the prelude to the death at the Green Acres Mall was "a mob scene."

Shoppers who surged past the fallen Wal-Mart worker into the store were asked to leave by other store workers, some of them crying and visibly upset, said one shopper, Kimberly Cribbs, of Far Rockaway.

Though rumors circulated among the shoppers that someone had been badly injured, people ignored the Wal-Mart workers' requests that they stop shopping, move to the front of the store and exit, Cribbs said.

"They kept shopping. It's not right. They're savages," Cribbs said.

Cribbs said she entered the store after the injured worker was already being attended to by emergency personnel. As people waited, then pushed into the store, she said, "It was chaos."

Another shopper said people were screaming and shoving in line before the opening.

The police got an emergency call at 5:03 a.m. reporting that the worker had been injured, and he was taken to Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream where he was pronounced dead at 6:03 a.m.

As of Friday morning the cause of death was described as "undetermined", police said. An exact cause of death will be determined by the county medical examiner's office, police said.

Shopper Camla Brown described a disorganized mob that was thirsting to get into the store before the trampling.

"There was no organization," said Brown, a 47-year-old restaurant manager from Valley Stream.

Four other Wal-Mart shoppers at the Valley Stream store were taken to hospitals Friday morning. A 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital for observation, and three other shoppers suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospitals for treatment, and they were expected to be released.

Dan Fogelman, spokesman at Wal-Mart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., said Friday, "The safety and security of our customers and associates are our top priority."

Fogelman called the death "a tragic situation" and said the company was cooperating fully with the Nassau County police investigation. He declined to comment on whether the company would review its practice of heavily-discounted holiday sales events, or whether the company was reviewing its crowd control measures at such sales.

Fogelman said company management were saddened by the death of the worker and the injuries to customers, adding, "Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time."

In a pace considerably more subdued, shoppers by the hundreds streamed into the Wal-Mart the moment it reopened in the early afternoon.

Nassau County police officers standing near the entrance asked the shoppers to take it easy as they walked in.

The store's front doors, the ones broken down by the earlier mob, have not been replaced.

A handwritten sign, apparently from Friday morning, said, "Blitz line starts here" with an arrow telling shoppers where to line up.

The Nassau Police Fifth Squad is investigating.

Staff writers Emi Endo, Matthew Chayes and Andrew Strickler contributed to this story.
 

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I hope the police arrived in time to identify each and every one of the shoppers who were in the store and asked to leave. That plus the video tape could be invaluable in any possible prosecution.
 

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I watched the video clip, and of course the woman being interviewed got around to blaming WalMart for not having enough security.

How about people start acting like they got some sense?

Over the years I've watched TV and seen people just charge into a store on black Friday. I've always thought they should have people with baseball bats whose job would be to swing on any clown running into a store.
 

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How society has changed since I was young. And I'm not exactly "ancient", (64 years old). I feel very sorry for our children and grandchildren. Ed
 

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Blue state savages.
 

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Absolutly shameful. This happens every year & the stores should be held liable as they are fully aware of how people react to stupid black friday sales. More so at places with locked doors and lines of customers busting to get in.

There were also 2 killed in a Toys R Us store, customers shot each other.
 

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I am at a loss to understand why anybody would stand in line at some ungodly hour in the dark for the chance to buy anything. BARBARIANS!!
 

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Retailers have been promoting the Black Friday mob mentality for years. They have ads extolling the thrill of busting down the doors and exploding in to be the first to buy X, Y or Z. Local news features people camping out for days to be the first in line. Then there is economy this year with more people than ever desperate for a savings and caught up in the hype. You can bet that the manager of every store in the country that does the whole Black Friday starting before dawn thing would be drooling over a crowd like this outside of their store. It is a tragedy for this young man and his family but the episode should not be a surprise to anybody. The stage was been set years ago. The only surprise is that this is the first time it has happened (heck, it has probably happened before but either didn’t get the National coverage or I just forgot).
 

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jordan creek mall in west des moines opened there doors at midnite thurs nite /fri morning. estimates were at 32000 people in the mall in a very short time. this is west des moines iowa ,not a huge city by any means. dwain
 

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Actually, buzz, they closed the store after the tragedy. It hardly seems reasonable to blame Wal-Mart for this, but some are infected with irrational WM hatred- the blame Wal-Mart first crowd.
 

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My wife is a department manager at JC Penney, she's been with the company for close to 25 years now. She has gotten to where she hates Christmas, it's lost all of it's "magic" for her. Some of the stories she tells me of customers at this time of the year are unreal. Your right, they're greedy animals and go into a frenzy at this time of the year. I remember years ago a near feeding frenzy when a bunch of Cabbage Patch dolls showed up at a local Sears, me being 6'4" I was able to get one for my daughter and another for a poor lady that had been standing next to me crying because she knew she could'nt get one. People are nuts. Did you see the idiots lining up at Best Buy on WEDNESDAY waiting for the store to open Friday.
 
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