Saturday, January 28, 2023

Employee who survived shooting sues Walmart

Norfolk, Va. ( Associated Press) – A Walmart employee who survived last week’s massacre at a Virginia store has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the company for hiring the shooter – a store supervisor – “who used violence, threats, and bizarre behavior.”

The lawsuit, apparently the first stemming from the shooting, was filed Tuesday in Chesapeake Circuit Court by Donya Priolue.

Walmart, which is based in Bentonville, Arkansas, said in a statement it was reviewing the lawsuit and would respond “as appropriate to the court.”

The company said, ‘The entire Walmart family is broken by the departure of important members of our team. “We express our deepest condolences to all those affected, including their loved ones and those injured. We are focused on supporting all of our partners with critical resources, including medical attention.

Prioleau’s lawsuit claims that he experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, including physical and emotional distress, from witnessing the November 22 incident in the store’s break room. The complaint provides new details about the horrific episode and a long list of troubling signs displayed by the shooter that it says managers failed to address.

The lawsuit states, “The bullet passed through the face and left side of plaintiff Donia Priolue, who narrowly escaped injury.” “He saw how many of his co-workers were brutally murdered on either side of him.”

The suit states that “right after being shot in the throat, Prioleo looked squarely into the eyes of one of her co-workers. Mrs. Prioleo saw the bullet wound on her co-worker’s neck, bleeding, and her co-worker’s helpless face Look at the expressions of wonder.”

According to police, the store’s supervisor, Andre Bing, 31, fatally shot six employees and wounded several others before dying of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The lawsuit alleges that Bing “had personal feuds with several Walmart employees and maintained a ‘list of potential targets’ prior to the shooting.”

The list refers to a “death note” found on Bing’s phone that authorities released Friday. The note contained specific references to people he had worked with, but officials blacked out their names.

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