Two people were killed in a shooting at a Palm Desert, California, Toys â€œRâ€ Us store and a Wal-Mart emplyee was killed in Long Island, New York.
In the first, police say a temporary Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death in a rush of thousands of early morning shoppers as he and other employees attempted to unlock the doors of a Long Island store at 5 a.m.
The Wal-Mart worker, whom authorities did not identify, was 34 and lived in Queens, said Nassau County police Detective Lt. Michael Fleming.
â€œThis was utter chaos as these men tried to open the door this morning,â€ Fleming said.
Video showed as many as a dozen people knocked to the floor in the stampede of people trying to get into the Wal-Mart store, Fleming said.
The employee was â€œstepped on by hundreds of peopleâ€ as other workers attempted to fight their way through the crowd, Fleming said.
â€œSeveral minutesâ€ passed before others were able to clear space around the man and attempt to render aid. Police arrived, and â€œas they were giving first aid, those police officers were also jostled and pushed,â€ he said.
The crowd had begun forming outside the store by 9 p.m. Thursday, Fleming said. By 5 a.m. Friday, when the doors were unlocked, there were 2,000 or so shoppers, many of whom â€œsurged forward,â€ breaking the doors, he said.
The man was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Others in the crowd sustained minor injuries such as sprained ankles, Fleming said.
A 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital, but â€œthe baby is going to be OK,â€ Fleming said. She was to be released later in the day, he said.
In the second incident two men were shot dead in a Toys â€œRâ€ Us in Palm Desert, California, after they argued in the store, police said.
The toy company and authorities said the shootings had nothing to do with Black Friday shopping.
The shootings occurred about 11:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. ET), authorities said.
By the time police arrived, two men were dead from gunshot wounds, Riverside County sheriffâ€™s Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez said. He said authorities are not seeking any other suspects.
Gutierrez said that the men did not appear to be store employees and that the dispute appeared unrelated to shopping.
â€œThere was a confrontation inside of the store. But over a toy? I donâ€™t think that is accurate,â€ he said.
Two handguns were found near the menâ€™s bodies, Gutierrez said.
In a written statement, Toys â€œRâ€ Us spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh said the shooting appeared unrelated to the heavy shopping day.
â€œOur understanding is that this act seems to have been the result of a personal dispute between the individuals involved,â€ she said.
She said company officials were â€œoutragedâ€ by the shooting and were working with authorities to find out what happened.
Gutierrez said no one else in the store was injured. Gutierrez said no one else in the store was injured. The store remained closed Friday afternoon but was expected to open as usual Saturday.
He said authorities would not release the menâ€™s names until their families have been notified.
source: the Daily Stab