Sought: Wal-Mart shoppers who trampled NY worker - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Sought: Wal-Mart shoppers who trampled NY worker

NEW YORK (AP) - Police are reviewing surveillance videos of a post-Thanksgiving shopper stampede that trampled a suburban Wal-Mart worker to death, but they acknowledge it may be difficult to bring criminal charges.

Nassau County police and Wal-Mart say no new information was available today on the employee's brutal death, which rattled shoppers even as they flocked to the Valley Stream store a day later.

Police say the temporary worker, Jdimytai Damour, was mowed down as about 2,000 bargain-hunters surged into the store at Friday's 5 a.m. opening, leaving a metal portion of the door frame crumpled like an accordion.

Other workers were knocked to the ground as they tried to rescue Damour, and customers simply stepped over him and kept shopping even as the store announced it was closing because of the death.

At least four other people, including a woman eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or treatment for minor injuries. The store, about 20 miles east of Manhattan, closed for several hours but reopened Friday afternoon.

Wal-Mart says it added staffers and outside security workers and put up barricades to try to prepare for the crush. But police spokesman Detective Lieutenant Michael Fleming has said that security was inadequate for a scene he called "utter chaos."            

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)      

Powered by Frankly