Target Sues Man Who Defended Teen Stabbed In Store

Indrani Sengupta
Is the man who provoked an attacker, in an attempt to prevent another attack, responsible for the culprit's actions? Or is Target simply deflecting the blame?

Two years ago, a homeless man entered a Target store in East Liberty, Pittsburgh, and stabbed a teenage girl. 

The man, Leon Walls, was deemed mentally ill, but also guilty. But Target holds someone else responsible.

Michael Turner was present in the store when 16-year-old Allison Meadows was stabbed twice by the culprit. But he claims that he had an encounter with Walls earlier in the day. Turner and a few of his friends were standing around on Highland Avenue, when Walls appeared and attacked one of them, Jobe Wright. Two others, Roland Smith and Tyreek Walker, chased him, while Turner and Wright got into a car, also in attempt to track Walls down. 

Once they reached a Target, one of the others emerged from the store and said, “he’s in there.” 

“I entered Target, I run up the escalator, I make a right, that’s when I encountered Walls in the store,” 

Turner entered the store wielding a baseball bat, and exchanged words with Walls. That’s when Walls grabbed the young girl.

“He didn’t stab her at that point, he was talking, saying … he was trying to get out the store and Jobe told him, ‘You’re not going nowhere ’til the police come.”

But then Walls began to threaten them:

“And that’s when he started saying, ‘Y’all think I’m playing, y’all think I’m playing. I’m not playing.’ And he stabbed her the first time. Then he stabs her again.”

After Meadows’ family sued Target for “failing to keep Allison safe,” Target turned around and sued Turner, claiming that if he hadn’t gone after Walls with a baseball bat, Meadows would not have been attacked. Smith, Wright, and Walls himself have also been named.

Turner’s rejoinder?

 “Well, if the guy hadn’t gone on a stabbing spree, we wouldn’t be standing here talking either. So, they’re not looking at that.”

Meadows’ attorney appears to be firmly taking Turner’s side on the lawsuit, arguing that:

“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 he was there that day.”

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