Walmart has issued the following statement regarding an incident in which a 34-year-old male employee was trampled to death by shoppers who broke down the doors of the Valley Stream store in Long Island, N.Y., around 5 a.m. on Black Friday:
“We expected a large crowd [Friday] morning and added additional internal security, additional third-party security, additional store associates, and we worked closely with the Nassau County Police. We also erected barricades. Despite all of our precautions, this unfortunate event occurred.”
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased. We are continuing to work closely with local law enforcement and we are reaching out to those involved."
<em>Hank Mullany, Senior Vice President and President, Northeast Division, Walmart U.S.</em>