Walmart Shooting Survivor files $50 million lawsuit, says retailer was warned about gunman

A Walmart employee who survived last week’s mass shooting at a Virginia store is suing the retail giant for $50 million, saying she and others complained about the behavior of his former colleague before he carried out the attack and the store’s management failed to ensure the safety of its employees.

Donya Prioleau, in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chesapeake Circuit Court, said the shooter, who worked as a store supervisor, kept a “kill list” of potential shooting targets. He also threatened retaliation if fired, saying “people will remember my name” and expressed paranoia about being watched by the government, his complaint states.

The Nov. 22 attack in Chesapeake left six people dead, not including the shooter, identified by police as Andre Bing.

“Numerous Walmart employees and managers, including Ms. Prioleau, had observed Mr. Bing exhibit bizarre and threatening behavior prior to the shooting,” his lawsuit states, adding that Walmart had been warned that Bing “was violent and could hurt people.” others”.

Prioleau, center, speaks Thursday with an FBI member after the fatal shooting that left six people dead.

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Prioleau filed a complaint against Bing via a Walmart Global Ethics Statement form in September. He accused him of stalking her and making inappropriate comments, including about her age, height and socioeconomic status, according to the lawsuit.

On the same day her ethics complaint was filed, Prioleau’s mother also spoke with a store manager to express concerns about her daughter’s safety from Bing. His mother was told that “nothing could be done about Mr. Bing because he was liked by management,” according to the lawsuit.

“Walmart and its executives were aware of Mr. Bing’s behavior and threats, but continued to employ him anyway,” his complaint alleges.

A representative for Walmart, in a statement to HuffPost on Wednesday, said the company is reviewing the lawsuit and will respond with the court if appropriate.

Chesapeake's Robin Fisher prays in front of a makeshift memorial in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot on Sunday.
Chesapeake’s Robin Fisher prays in front of a makeshift memorial in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot on Sunday.

“Our deepest condolences go out to our associates and everyone affected, including those who were injured. We are focused on supporting all of our associates with significant resources, including guidance,” the statement read in part.

In addition to the physical injuries sustained while trying to flee the violence, Prioleau says she continues to suffer from severe anxiety, nightmares, insomnia, flashbacks, stomach pain and loss of appetite. .

“Bullets whistled by… [Prioleau’s] face and left side, barely missing her. She saw several of her colleagues being brutally murdered on either side of her,” her costume reads.

“As workplace shootings and violence become horrifically common, employers have a responsibility to understand the warning signs and take threats seriously in order to protect their employees and customers,” his lawyers said. , John Morgan and Peter Anderson of Morgan & Morgan, in a statement. .

“Our hearts are broken for the families of those who have lost loved ones and for those, like Ms. Prioleau, whose lives will never be the same because of this trauma. We will work to hold Walmart accountable for not ending this tragedy. »


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