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The lawsuit was filed Wednesday on behalf of Marcus Jones, the administrator of Vickie Lee Jones’ estate. It alleges Kroger allows customers to enter its stores while carrying guns and that it had no policy to ensure Bush was licensed to carry a firearm. The store had no policy in place to prevent the shooting even though another shooting had occurred at that same location in 2007 and more than 20 other shootings had taken place at Kroger stores across the country, the lawsuit also alleges.
Lawsuits represent only one side of a case.
The suit is nearly identical to one filed a week ago by Maurice Stallard, the other person killed in the October 2018 shooting.
“While we do not comment on pending litigation, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families affected by this senseless violence,” Louisville Kroger spokeswoman Erin Grant said about the new lawsuit.
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Jones in the lawsuit claims negligence by Kroger and Bush that led to the wrongful death and is seeking compensation for the harm suffered in the aftermath of the shooting, legal fees and punitive damages.
Bush was arrested on the day of the shooting and has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder, two counts of wanton endangerment and one count of attempted murder. He has also pleaded not guilty to three federal hate crime charges, as he has been accused of targeting African Americans in the shooting, and three federal gun charges.
Last month a Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center report said Bush is competent to stand trial. A judge will make a ruling during a court appearance in October.
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