Virginia Walmart mass shooting survivor files $50M lawsuit
Ben Finley/The Associated Press | 12/1/2022, 6 p.m.
NORFOLK - A Walmart employee who survived last week’s mass shooting at a store in Virginia has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the company for allegedly continuing to employ the shooter — a store supervisor — “who had known propensities for violence, threats and strange behavior.”
The lawsuit, which appears to be the first to stem from the shooting, was filed Tuesday in Chesapeake Circuit Court by Donya Prioleau.
Walmart, which is headquartered in Bentonville, Ark., said in a statement that it was reviewing the complaint and will respond “as appropriate with the court.”
“The entire Walmart family is heartbroken by the loss of the valued members of our team,” the company said. “Our deepest sympathies go out to our associates and everyone impacted, including those who were injured. We are focused on supporting all our associates with significant resources, including counseling.”
Ms. Prioleau’s suit alleges that she has experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, including physical and emotional distress, from witnessing the rampage in the store’s breakroom on Nov. 22. Her lawsuit offers fresh details of the terrifying attack and provides a long list of troubling signs displayed by the shooter that she claims managers failed to address.
“Bullets whizzed by Plaintiff Donya Prioleau’s face and left side, barely missing her,” the lawsuit states. “She witnessed several of her coworkers being brutally murdered on either side of her.”
The lawsuit adds: “Ms. Prioleau looked at one of her coworkers in the eyes right after she had been shot in the neck. Ms. Prioleau saw the bullet wound in her co-worker’s neck, the blood rushing out of it, and the shocked look on her co-worker’s helpless face.”
Store supervisor Andre Bing, 31, fatally shot six employees and wounded several others before he died of an apparent self- inflicted gunshot, police said.
The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Bing “had a personal vendetta against several Walmart employees and kept a ‘kill list’ of potential targets prior to the shooting.”
The list is in reference to a “death note” found on Mr. Bing’s phone and released Friday by authorities. The note appeared to contain specific references to people he worked with, but authorities redacted their names.
Mr. Bing was a Walmart team leader who had worked for the company since 2010. He was responsible for managing the overnight stocking crew, including Ms. Prioleau, who started her job in May 2021.