US mass shooting survivors file $50 million lawsuit against Walmart | News from the courts

A survivor of the deadly mass shooting at a Walmart store in the US state of Virginia last week is suing the company, alleging that she and other employees warned Walmart management about the gunman, but nothing was done.

Donya Prioleau, who filed the $50 million lawsuit Tuesday in Virginia state court, said she worked as a night clerk with Andre Bing, the man accused of killing six employees Nov. 22 after opening fire at a Walmart -break room in Chesapeake before. kills himself.

The lawsuit alleges that Prioleau experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, including physical and emotional distress, after witnessing the vandalism. It also provides a long list of troubling signs displayed by the forward that Prioleau claims managers have failed to address.

“Bullets whizzed by Plaintiff Donya Prioleau’s face and left side, narrowly missing her,” the lawsuit reads. “She witnessed several of her colleagues being brutally murdered on both sides of her.”

Six people were also wounded in the attack, which has renewed calls for stricter gun control regulations in the United States, where more than 600 mass shootings have been recorded so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit group.

Walmart, which is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, said in a statement that it was reviewing Prioleau’s complaint and would respond “as appropriate to the court.”

“The entire Walmart family is devastated by the loss of the valued members of our team,” the company said. “Our deepest sympathies go out to our employees and all those affected, including those who were injured. We are focused on supporting all of our employees with significant resources, including counselling.”

The lawsuit alleges that Bing “had a personal vendetta against several Walmart employees and maintained a ‘kill list’ of potential targets prior to the shooting,” which occurred just after 1 p.m. 22 local time (03:00 GMT) last Tuesday, ahead of the US Thanksgiving holiday.

Days after the attack, Chesapeake authorities released a document from Bing’s phone labeled a “death note” and detailed the 31-year-old’s complaints that his colleagues ostracized and opposed him.

“I was harassed by idiots of low intelligence and lack of wisdom,” Bing wrote, accusing his colleagues of laughing at him and giving him “evil twisted laughs”.

When a colleague tried to “get rid of” him, Bing said he “lashed out”. The memo, released with names redacted on Friday, appears to identify certain employees whom Bing blamed for his problems, as well as another whom he wanted to “spare.”

Tuesday’s lawsuit alleges that Walmart management knew or should have known about Bing’s disturbing behavior and lists several instances of alarming behavior.

“Prior to the shooting, Mr. Bing repeatedly asked colleagues if they had received their active shooter training,” it said. “When colleagues replied that they had, Mr. Bing just smiled and left without saying anything.”

Bing “made comments to other Walmart employees and managers that suggested he would be violent if fired or disciplined,” according to the lawsuit, which also says Bing “was disciplined leading up to the shooting, making his violent outbreak predictable”.

In another instance, the lawsuit alleges, Bing told his colleagues “he ran over a turtle with a lawnmower just to see its [guts] squirt out, which made him hungry and reminded him of ramen noodles”.

Bing was previously disciplined for misconduct and harassment of employees, but Walmart “continued to hire him anyway,” the lawsuit also states.

Prioleau had submitted a formal complaint on a Walmart Global Ethics Statement Form indicating that Bing had “bizarrely and inappropriately commented on Ms. Prioleau’s age,” the lawsuit said. Bing allegedly told her: “Isn’t your lady clock ticking? Aren’t you supposed to have kids?”

Prioleau also complained that Bing had harassed her for “being poor and short,” according to the lawsuit. It says she also informed Walmart that Bing called her a “b***h” under his breath.

In September, Prioleau’s mother expressed concern to a Walmart manager about her daughter’s safety “because it seemed like their concerns fell on deaf ears.”

The manager said “there was nothing that could be done about Mr. Bing because he was well liked by management,” according to the suit.

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