A Walmart employee who survived last week’s mass shooting at a Virginia shop has sued the retailer for $50 million, alleging that they should not have kept the gunman, a store supervisor, on staff despite his “known propensities for violence, threats, and unusual conduct.”
Donya Prioleau filed the case in Chesapeake Circuit Court on Tuesday.
It appears to be the first to result from the shooting. A written inquiry for comment on the litigation was not immediately answered by Walmart, which has its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Prioleau’s lawsuit claims that after seeing the shooting spree in the store’s breakroom on November 22, she developed post-traumatic stress disorder and physical and mental suffering.
The lawsuit claims that bullets “whizzed by Plaintiff Donya Prioleau’s face and left side, barely missing her.”
On either side of her, she saw several of her comrades mercilessly slaughtered.
The lawsuit continues, “Ms. Prioleau turned to face her after seeing one of her coworkers suffer a neck wound.
The bullet wound in Ms. Prioleau’s coworker’s neck, the blood oozing from it, and the helpless, astonished expression on her face was all visible.
According to authorities, Andre Bing, the store manager, was found dead from what seemed to be a self-inflicted gunshot after shooting six employees dead and injuring several others.
The lawsuit claims Bing “maintained a ‘kill list’ of possible targets before the incident and had a personal vendetta against certain Walmart employees.”
The lawsuit also claims that Prioleau filed a formal complaint alleging that Bing had “bizarrely and unfairly commented on Ms. Prioleau’s age” on a Walmart Global Ethics Statement Form.
According to the lawsuit, Bing allegedly said to her, “Isn’t your lady clock ticking? Why don’t you start a family? ”
According to the lawsuit, Prioleau also claimed that Bing had harassed her due to “being poor and being short.”
According to the lawsuit, she allegedly told Walmart that Bing had called her a “bitch” out loud.
The lawsuit claims that despite Mr. Bing’s long record of unsettling and threatening behavior, Walmart failed to fire him, restrict his access to public spaces, thoroughly investigate his background, or have him undergo a mental health examination.