MCALLEN, Texas – The family of Pharr native Leonardo Campos is seeking justice. Campos and his wife were killed in the El Paso Walmart shooting back in August. The family is now joining the lawsuit against the retailer who they accuse of caring more about profit than public safety.
Jesse Zambrano, Campos Family attorney, “We want to make sure that we send a message that it’s going to cost more money to neglect customers than it is to protect them.”
The Zambrano Law Firm is representing the Campos family. Leonardo Campos was allegedly shot in the head by Patrick Crusius. He’s accused of killing 22 people and injuring 25 others. In the lawsuit filed against Walmart, the company is accused of having a long history of crimes in their stores but failing to add armed security.
Zambrano says, ”Walmart does have a duty and a legal responsibility to ensure that patrons in their stores are safe. That is something that they failed to do. They failed to comply with that responsibility.”
The lawsuit alleges the Walmart, where the shooting happened, previously had an armed off duty police officer but was removed to save money.
“How is it that you determine where you are going to provide more security, or additional security, or better security for your customers and how do you make that determination. That is something that we want to know.” says Zambrano.
The lawsuit goes on to accuse the retailer of only having armed security at higher-income neighborhoods, where the majority is white, leaving low income neighborhoods in danger regardless of the stores risk.
Walmart says the company will never forget this tragic event and the safety of their customers and associates is a top priority. Adding they will respond as appropriate in court.
A month after the massacre, Walmart announced they would stop selling handguns, ammunition, and assault rifle ammunition at its stores.