ST. LOUIS, MO.(KMOX)-The daughters of a man killed during last year’s ABB Inc. shooting rampage say lax security and the failure by the company to recognize an unstable employee are to blame for their father’s death.
Carlton J. Carter was killed in his car on Semple Avenue near the ABB manufacturing plant during the early morning shooting spree January 7, 2010. Timothy Hendron killed three and injured five before killing himself. Daughters Cortney, Kelsey and Lesley Carter filed suit in late March in St. Louis Circuit Court. Dolan Media Newswires is reporting that their lawsuit appears to be the first to name ABB and Hendron’s estate as defendants.
Like 11 other lawsuits already filed, the Carters are also suing Securitas Security Services and two of its guards Cordin T. Hudson and Janisha Johnson.
The suit claims that against company policy, Hendron requested and was given security clearance and entrance to drive through ABB’s delivery gate, even though employees were prohibited from entering through the delivery gate. The suit states that Johnson let Hendron use the gate and Hudson was patroling in and around the plant and both failed to press Hendron about his use of the security gate or inspect his vehicle.
Hendron had four weapons include a shotgun and AK-47 along with magazines and ammunition in his vehicle.
The Carters are suing the guards and Securitas in excess of $25,000 each and Hendron’s estate for a total in excess of $50,000.
The Carters also allege ABB knew or should have known that Hendron posed a threat to others. The suit claims that Hendron acted irratinoally, showed signs of extreme paranoia and depression and had unprovoked explosive outbursts of anger and rage and made unsoliticited comments about the use of weapons. The Carters are seeking a judgement in excess of $25,000 from ABB.
At the time of the shooting, Hendron was among a group of plaintiffs suing Swiss-based ABB Inc. and its pension plan manager, Fidelity Managemetn and Research Co. The shooting occured on the third day of a bench trial in federal court in Kansas City.
The Carters are being represented by Holloran White Schwartz & Gaertner. Partner Thomas Schwartz says the firm does not comment on pending litigation.
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