Chesapeake shooting survivor is suing Walmart for $50m for keeping Gunman on staff after learning of his “proneness to violence, threats and odd behavior”.

An employee who survived a mass shooting in a Walmart breakroom in Chesapeake, Virginia last week has filed a lawsuit against the company for continuing to employ the suspect despite allegedly knowing he posed a threat.

Donya Prioleau is demanding $50 million from the multi-billion-dollar company, which she claims failed to protect employees from team leader Eric Bing, “who was aware of tendencies toward violence, threats and odd behavior.”

Bing opened fire in the store’s break room on November 22, killing six of its employees and injuring several others before turning the gun on himself. Prioleau said she dealt with post-traumatic distress disorder after witnessing the brutal attack and coming close to her own death.

“Bullets whizzed past plaintiff Donya Prioleau’s face and left side, narrowly missing her,” the complaint reads. “She witnessed several of her colleagues being brutally murdered on either side of her.”

Many of Bing’s former and current employees came forward after the shooting to commemorate his temper. A former maintenance worker said Bing once told him if the company ever fired him, he would get revenge and “people would remember who he was.” Other colleagues said Bing was the manager everyone was warned to stay away from and was also paranoid about being monitored.

The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, alleges that multiple complaints have been filed against the suspect. He was disciplined but stayed in the store. Prioleau also filed a complaint with Walmart about inappropriate and strange remarks Bing made to her just two months before the shooting.

Prioleau claims Bing told her, “Isn’t your ladies watch ticking? Shouldn’t you have children?”

The lawsuit alleges that Prioleau also told Walmart that Bing had been harassing her because she was “poor and small,” and quietly called her “b-ch.”

“Despite Mr. Bing’s long-standing pattern of disturbing and threatening behavior, Walmart knew, or should have known, of Mr. Bing’s disturbing and threatening behavior, but failed to terminate Mr. Bing, limit his access to public areas, and a conduct thorough background investigation, or subject him to a psychiatric evaluation,” the suit reads.

Eric Bing left a note about his plans to carry out an attack on the Walmart where he worked in Chesapeake, Virginia. (Photo: Facebook video screenshot)

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The lawsuit also notes that Bing “had a personal vendetta against several Walmart employees and maintained a ‘kill list’ of potential targets prior to the shooting.”

Officials said Bing left a note on his phone detailing his motive and plan to harm some of his colleagues. Police said he was armed with a 9mm handgun that he bought on the morning of the shooting. Authorities also found ammunition, a box, a receipt and other documentation for the gun when they conducted a search warrant at the suspect’s home after the shooting.

Bing wrote in the Death Note that several of his employees compared him to notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who was recently portrayed in a Netflix series. Bing denied the claims, saying he “never killed anyone entering my house.”

“Sorry god I let you down, it was your fault but my own,” Bing says at the beginning of the note.

“I failed to listen to the moans of the Holy Spirit, which made me a poor representation of You,” he continued. “I’ve been harassed by idiots with low intelligence and a lack of wisdom. I stayed strong through most of the ordeal, but my dignity was completely taken away beyond repair when my phone was hacked.”

Bing also accused his peers of conspiring against him and using “code speeches.” He wrote about being betrayed by a male colleague he thought was his friend before colluding with the others. Bing said he overheard two colleagues talking, and one of them told him they had been trying to “get rid of” him since “day one.” He has worked in the store since 2010.

“After hearing that I flogged,” he wrote. “The employees grinned evilly at me, mocked me and celebrated my downfall on the last day. Therefore they suffer the same fate as me.”

The Sagittarius also notes that he has a “special place in his heart” for a co-worker because his mother died of cancer and he planned to spare the co-worker’s life. Bing said he didn’t plan the shooting. Everything “just fell into place as if” he was “guided by Satan.”

“My real intention was never to murder anyone, believe it or not, I was actually one of the most loving people alive if you would get to know me,” Bing wrote. “I just wanted a woman who was as subjugated as I was and obsessed with the thought. I don’t deserve a woman.”

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Trisha Mathews, a registered nurse and Chesapeake resident, signs a personal message on a cross for one of the victims of the Walmart shooting November 25, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia. (Photo by Mike Caudill/for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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The night shift employers had just arrived and gathered in the break room for their routine meeting when Bing discharged his gun and sprayed bullets around the room.

“He was just looking around the room and just shooting and it was people falling on the floor,” said Walmart employee Briana Tyler, who was in the break room and witnessed the shooting. She escaped unharmed.

Jessie Wilczewski said she met the shooter face-to-face, but he backed off and told her to go home. Jalon Jones ran from the store after being shot in the back and required treatment in intensive care.

Another victim tried to escape and was found dead near the front of the store. Police discovered two other employees and Bing’s bodies in the break room. Three other victims died in nearby hospitals.

“MS. Prioleau looked one of her colleagues in the eye right after she was shot in the neck,” read the lawsuit filed Tuesday. Prioleau saw the gunshot wound in her colleague’s neck, the blood pouring out of it, and the shocked look on her colleague’s helpless face.”

Kellie Pyle, 52, only recently started working at the Walmart store in Chesapeake after returning to Virginia in May to reunite with her high school sweetheart following a divorce, the Washington Post reports. The two became engaged and she decided to settle in the area and reconnect with family in her hometown of Norfolk.

Randall Blevins, 70, was a family man who worked at Walmart for two decades. His former colleague and friends said he was a kind man and a loyal employee, NPR reports.

Lorenzo Gamble, 42, had worked at Walmart for 15 years. The father of two planned to bake banana pudding and banana pudding cake for Thanksgiving. His 10-year-old cried every time he left and he loved going to his older son’s soccer games.

Brian Pendleton, 39, worked for Walmart for over 10 years. Pendleton’s mother told reporters that he had “some issues” with Bing, but his other peers described him as a fun-loving person.

“I feel like he had something against my son,” Pendleton said.

Tyneka Johnson, 22, was a fashionista who, according to her high school tutor, “made it” with everyone she met. One of her relatives told 7NewsDC Johnson was “the nicest person who never bothered anyone”.

Fernando Chavez-Barron, 16, worked the night shift at Walmart while he was in school because “he wanted to help out a bit,” said family friend Rosy Perez.

“He was a very good kid,” she added.

Victims of Chesapeake Walmart shooting (Photo: YouTube/Screenshot/WTVR CBS 6) Chesapeake shooting survivor is suing Walmart for $50m for keeping Gunman on staff after learning of his “proneness to violence, threats and odd behavior”.

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