Eight were injured in a stampede during the grand opening of Xichang's first Wal-Mart store July 28.
The U.S. discount retailer had promoted a huge grand-opening sale during the opening of its new store in Xichang's World Mall.
This news clip from July 22 shows relatively tame customers at the pre-opening of Xichang's first Wal-Mart, just days before the shopping frenzy that left 8 injured.
From Chengdu Commercial Daily:
Still an hour before the store was set to open on the 28th, thousands of customers anxious to shop had already gathered at the doors. The majority were senior citizens. On that day, Xichang resident Yang Sufen had arrived at the shopping center with a few of her neighbors. Since they had arrived early, they were waiting in the front of the line. But it quickly became apparent that there were too many people and Yang ducked out of the pushing crowd to stand on the sidelines and allow other people to go in first.
At around 9 a.m., when the doors were about to be opened, the people in the front of the line were buzzing with anticipation. The people in the back were pushing. Suddenly there was the sound of crushing glass. Two windows had been broken, and in that instant the flood of people surged into the main hall. Yang was pushed in with them among the broken glass. ... Every time she tried to get up more people came, trampling over her.
Another six customers and one security personnel were injured. Five minutes after the stampede started, they were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Over 200 security personnel were on the scene, including over 50 employed by Wal-Mart, and another 150 sent by the Xichang Public Security Bureau and a private security company.