A Wal-Mart worker died early Friday after an "out-of-control" mob of frenzied shoppers smashed through the Long Island store's front doors and trampled him, police said.
The Black Friday stampede plunged the Valley Stream outlet into chaos, knocking several employees to the ground and sending others scurrying atop vending machines to avoid the horde.
When the madness ended, 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour was dead and four shoppers, including a woman eight months pregnant, were injured.
"He was bum-rushed by 200 people," said Wal-Mart worker Jimmy Overby, 43.
"They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me.
"They took me down, too ... I didn't know if I was going to live through it. I literally had to fight people off my back," Overby said.
Damour, a temporary maintenance worker from Jamaica, Queens, was gasping for air as shoppers continued to surge into the store after its 5 a.m. opening, witnesses said. Even officers who arrived to perform CPR on the trampled worker were stepped on by wild-eyed shoppers streaming inside, a cop at the scene said.
"They pushed him down and walked all over him," Damour's sobbing sister, Danielle, 41, said. "How could these people do that?
Stories like this really make you sick. It's no secret that Wal-Mart is the epitome of American consumption--any wonder why they have such a bad rep? You can literally furnish your home, fill all your closet space and do your groceries for a month at Wal-Mart--something's just not right with that picture. Then too, what does it say for us as human beings when we see people act like savages and kill a man....all so little Suzy gets the new Bratz doll? I hope they can identify some of these idiots, find and arrest them for something. Can you believe that some shoppers, upon finding out that they had to leave because an employee had just died, started shouting "I've been on line since Friday morning!" I hope Damour's family sues Walmart's unprepared ass too.