Jury orders Giant Eagle to pay man $2 million arising from GetGo shooting
Giant Eagle must pay an Arlington man more than $2 million for injuries he suffered during a shooting in the parking lot of a GetGo convenience store in the South Side, an Allegheny County jury ordered this week.
Jonathan Stapas, 24, sued the grocery store in Allegheny Common Pleas Court in November 2009 for injuries sustained when he tried to protect the store’s employees from a gunman in the early morning hours of July 18, 2007.
Stapas’ lawyer, Gary Ogg, said Giant Eagle, which owns GetGo, knew the gunman had been banned from the store, but the company failed to take any action that would have prevented the shooting, such as provide better security.
The jury said Giant Eagle was 73 percent negligent and Stapas was 27 percent negligent for being overly aggressive, Ogg said. Jurors deliberated for about three hours.
Giant Eagle spokesman Dick Roberts declined comment.
Police charged the gunman, Brandon McAllister, 28, of West Homestead with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and carrying a firearm without a license.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in July 2008, and a judge sentenced him to five to 10 years in prison.
Ogg said his client owes about $30,000 in medical bills.
McCallister shot Stapas in the chest, stomach and neck, Ogg said. He required several surgeries.
Adam Brandolph is a Trib Total Media staff writer.