A Wal-Mart employee was knocked down by early morning shopping hordes and trampled to death as he tried to regain his footing.
The tragedy happened in suburban New York as the annual post-Thanksgiving bargain hunting turned into a mindless melee.
The deceased was described by CNN as a 34-year-old employee.
The unidentified Wal-Mart employee was pushed down as a crowd pressed against glass doors and broke down the entryway to the Green Acres Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y.
The worker was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 6 a.m.
Three other shoppers were injured and a 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to the hospital for observation during the early morning crush.
CNN reported that people were pushing and pulling the doors from their hinges and rushing into the store. Children were reported to be included in the crowd of bargain-crazed shoppers.
Wal-Mart has not released an official statement as of yet regarding their employee's death.