CLINTON -- At least one person was trampled at the Walmart in Clinton on Thursday night, as shoppers rushed to get Black Friday bargains.
Brian Wilks, of Ogden, said, "Six or seven cops came up just screaming and yelling. They were saying, 'Get back, get back.'"
He said he saw a Walmart employee get trampled.
"It was worse than a mosh pit, for sure."
Wilks said, "What made it worse, was we were in the cleaning aisle and a cleaning bottle got smashed. There was cleaning liquid all over. People were falling.
"It seemed like people were maliciously pushing."
The crowd was trying to get a $49 tablet.
Wilks said, "What made it worse, was that other items in the store were opened up for people to grab before the tablets were available."
The various items were wrapped in cellophane prior to the 8 p.m. advertised opening.
"The timing of opening the tablets seemed to elevate it (the scramble) more."
The ironic aspect is that $49 tablets also were available nearby and were guaranteed to be sold for one hour following 8 p.m. The only difference was that those tablets had to be paid for at the time, but wouldn't be delivered to the store until a later date.
Wilks was in line for the immediately available tablets with his sister, Stacey McBride.
"We changed our minds," McBride said. "It was so not worth it."
She said she had never seen a situation like that before.
"In the past, it's never been that horrendous," she said.
The two decided to get in the line to buy the tablets that would be delivered later. They joined a line of calm shoppers, where people were getting cards guaranteeing that they'd received their tablets before Christmas.
Derick Kennell, of Sunset, also was an eyewitness to the melee.
"They literally just ran her right over," Kennell said of the woman who was trampled. "It took three cops to get people off of her and to get her to stand up. It was nuts."
Kennell said he thought the woman was one of the first people in line.
Clinton Police Lt. Dave Valentine confirmed that a woman was trampled in the store. He said she was a Walmart employee, but she was shopping at the time. He said she wasn't seriously injured and was not taken to a hospital, but was assisted to the back of the store. She seemed mostly shocked by the incident, he said.
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