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Mother claims Save-A-Lot failed to keep store safe when son was attacked

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 20, 2017


ST. LOUIS — A mother is suing owners and operators of a food store, citing alleged negligence in keeping a consumer safe inside its premises.

Toneta M. Brown filed a complaint Sept. 26 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Save-A-Lot Food Stores LTD., Champion National Security Inc., Ryan D. Doyle and Frank C Stennis Jr. alleging the defendants failed their duty to provide adequate security to protect their guests or invitees from criminal assaults.

According to the complaint, Brown alleges that on Dec. 19, 2016, her son at the defendants' store shopping when he was approached by a person who verbally and physically assaulted him for several minutes before taking out a gun and shooting him, and he later died.

As a result, Brown claims she sustained pain and suffering from the loss of her son. 

The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed to provide reasonable security for the store and failed to properly hire, train and supervise employees who were responsible for monitoring, patrolling or providing security to the store.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount in excess of $25,000, for costs and other relief the court deems just. She is represented by James D. O'Leary of O'Leary, Shelton, Corrigan, Peterson, Dalton & Quillin LLC in St. Louis and Freeman R. Bosley Jr. of Bosley & Associates LLC in Overland.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC11431

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