A Walmart employee who was shot upon during last week’s mass shooting in a Virginia shop filed a $50 million lawsuit, claiming, nothing was done regarding her formal complaint about the shooter’s “bizarre” behavior two months ago.
When the shooter barged into the Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake on November 22, Donya Prioleau was in the break room. According to a lawsuit submitted on Tuesday in Chesapeake Circuit Court, she left the room as gunshots flew by her head, “barely touching her.”
Some people were injured, and six were killed. Andre Bing- the suspect, 31, an overnight team leader, committed suicide.
Walmart was accused of knowing of Bing’s “violence and potential for injury to others” after receiving many reports about him, including a written complaint Prioleau sent on 10 September.
She mentioned in the complaint, Bing “inappropriately and bizarrely commented” about her age by saying: “Isn’t your lady clock ticking? Shouldn’t you have kids by now?” The lawsuit reported, she also complained to the shop that he “harassed her for being short and poor.”
The lawsuit claims, on the day Prioleau submitted the complaint, her mother went to the business, expressed concern for her daughter’s safety, and spoke with a manager about what could be done about Bing’s behavior. According to documents, the manager told Prioleau’s mother that Bing “was liked by management” and there was nothing that could be done.
Walmart stated, they were considering the lawsuit and “responding appropriately with the court.”
On Tuesday, Walmart told, “the whole family is broken by the loss of our valued members of the team.” Our sympathies and condolences were sent out to associates and everyone affected, considering those who were harmed. We are warned and helping our associates, with resources and counseling too.
Other incidences involving Bing are described in the lawsuit, in one it is claimed that Bing asked Prioleau if she loved weapons. According to the lawsuit, he regularly questioned coworkers about their active shooter training and warned bosses, he would retaliate if ever dismissed.