Walmart Shooting: Employee Sues Company, Saying She Warned of Gunman’s Behavior
Employee-turned-plaintiff, Ashley Smith, is now suing Walmart, claiming she was fired because she warned management about a man who was carrying the gun she saw him have in the last days of his life in the parking lot of a Walmart store. The lawsuit was filed last week in a state court in San Antonio by attorney Scott Taylor, who represents Smith.
Smith’s lawsuit begins: “On or about March 19, 2012, Plaintiff began working for Defendant as a loss prevention manager.”
The lawsuit goes on: “At the time of Plaintiff’s hire, her supervisor, Thomas R. Williams, conducted safety training to all employees who worked the loss prevention shift. One of the areas of training was the existence of concealed weapons, including weapons being carried by customers in Walmart store parking lots…. On or about March 20, 2012, Plaintiff observed Defendant, Defendant’s employee, and others, including customers, enter Walmart store parking lots. Defendant, his employee, had an active handgun tucked into the left front pocket of his jacket and walked into Walmart parking lots with the active handgun.” The plaintiff also states: “During the early morning hours of March 21, 2012, Plaintiff’s co-worker, John Paul Darnell, heard over the radio that ‘shots fired’ incident at Walmart. Plaintiff, her supervisor, and employees informed the co-worker of the ‘shots fired’ incident and the co-worker was advised to remain in the parking lot until the police arrived.”
The lawsuit notes: “An incident occurred in the parking lot of a Walmart on March 21, 2012. Plaintiff’s co-worker, John Paul Darnell, was advised to stay in the parking lot until the police could arrive. Upon arrival, two Walmart security officers entered the parking