Customer shot in store robbery wins $2M verdict

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Posted: Nov 20, 2014 10:37 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A customer shot during a convenience store robbery in Pittsburgh seven years ago has won a $2 million verdict against Giant Eagle Inc., the grocery chain that owned the store.

Giant Eagle's attorney didn't comment on the verdict returned Monday in Allegheny County. It was first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1t7OAWQ ).

John Stapas lived near the GetGo store in the city's South Side and often went there after work. He was 17 when he was shot five times in the neck and stomach by a man who robbed the store.

Stapas' lawsuit claimed the chain didn't provide enough security. His attorney said Stapas was defending customers and employees when he was shot.

The robber was convicted and sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.