Target blames hero who stepped in to stop stabbing spree

The victim of a stabbing at a Target department store in 2013 is suing, but Target is passing the blame to the men who intervened to stop the stabbing spree.

    2015/07/28

NSFW    PITTSBURGH — Target Corporation in trying to put the blame on men who stepped in during a stabbing at a Pittsburgh-area store on the afternoon of Monday, March 25, 2013.

Among the men being targeted by Target Corporation is Michael Turner, who mounted a one-man protest outside of the location of the stabbing when he found out Target was taking legal action against him. Target claims that the three men named in the lawsuit are responsible for not stopping Leon Walls, the man who stabbed Allison Meadows, 16, from coming into the its East Liberty, Pennsylvania Target store in the first place.

Leon Walls stabbed Jobe Wright at a construction site in front of three of his friends, including Turner. Wright and his friends tracked Walls to the East Liberty Target and followed him inside, where they had a standoff trying to subdue Walls until the police arrived. Turner claims to have suffered a fractured hip resulting from the altercation.

The family of Meadows is suing Target for not having enough security on hand, but Target wants to put the blame on Turner, and his friends Roland Smith and Jobe Wright. The Meadows family attorney was quoted in a statement saying: "Suing Michael Turner is just Target's way of trying to blame someone else for what happened under their own roof. The family certainly doesn't blame Mr. Turner and they are thankful that he was there that day."

Representing Michael Turner is civil rights attorney Todd Hollis, who told TomoNews that Target's lawsuit "violates public policy, and discourages ordinary people from helping others." Hollis also said he believes that "Target was negligent, and they are trying to pass that responsibility to someone else to act as pawns for the responsibility that Target should have adhered to."

"Their actions are irresponsible, reprehensible and counter to what we aspire to be from a human standpoint, which is being able to help other people in extraordinary times of need."
Michael Turner protesting outside of the Target store where he stopped a stabbing spree. TWITTER @WPXICARLYFLYNN
Michael Turner protesting outside of the Target store where he stopped a stabbing spree. TWITTER @WPXICARLYFLYNN
Leon Walls, the stabber, was found guilty but mentally ill for aggravated assault. PITTSBURGH POLICE DEPARTMENT
Leon Walls, the stabber, was found guilty but mentally ill for aggravated assault. PITTSBURGH POLICE DEPARTMENT
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