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Target sues Michael Turner, man who rescued teen stabbing victim

Everyday low prices were flecked with blood when a knife-wielding man attacked shoppers in a Pittsburgh Target in 2013.

Everyday low prices were flecked with blood when a knife-wielding man attacked shoppers in a Pittsburgh Target in 2013.

Unleash hell did Leon Walls.

On an evening in March 2013, the 41-year-old Walls made his way into a Target store in Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood. The homeless man with a long history of mental illness and criminal malfeasance had retreated there after getting into a fight with several men minutes earlier.

Walls' combatants, Jobe Wright and Michael Turner, followed him into Target and confronted him. Then Walls, wielding a long kitchen knife, inexplicably grabbed 16-year-old shopper Allison Meadows by the hair and began stabbing her.  

Turner and Wright tackled him, pulling him away from his teenage victim. 

Meadows sustained several injuries, including a collapsed lung. But she fully recovered and her family hailed Turner, who starred in saving the teen, as a hero. Allegheny County Judge Donna Jo McDaniel sentenced Walls to 10 to 20 years, recommending he serve the time in a mental health lockdown facility.

The Meadows family would ultimately file suit against Target for subpar security. But the Minnesota retailer would initiate a lawsuit of its own, in which Turner is named a defendant. According to the filing, Target is suing Turner for "endangering" store customers. Footage of the attack was caught by Target security cameras.

Everyday low prices were flecked with blood when a knife-wielding man attacked shoppers in a Pittsburgh Target in 2013.

Everyday low prices were flecked with blood when a knife-wielding man attacked shoppers in a Pittsburgh Target in 2013.

Last summer, Turner explained to KDKA the events preceding Walls' attack inside the store. 

“At this point, we were standing on Highland Avenue, and then that’s when Walls attacked Jobe Wright," Turner told Waters. "At that point, Roland Smith and Tyreek Walker pursued behind him. At this point, I get in a car with Jobe Wright."

According to Turner, they set off to find Walls. When they arrived at Target, another friend emerged from the store, saying, "He’s in there.”

Turner entered Target carrying a baseball bat. He soon located Walls. The two exchanged words. That's when Walls grabbed Meadows, a bystander who was shopping nearby. 

Target alleges if it had not been for Turner going after Walls with a bat, Meadows would never have been stabbed. 

“Well, if the guy hadn’t gone on a stabbing spree, we wouldn’t be standing here talking either. So, they’re not looking at that,” said Turner.

Target also named Smith, Wright, and Walls as defendants.   

Meadows' family is in disbelief over Target fingering Turner. They think it's a move aimed at trying to shift the blame away from the retailer's own security failures.

Judge McDaniel has also been critical, surmising publicly at Walls' hearing last summer that Target is suing to make the Meadows family back down from their own lawsuit. 

Target's media relations department did not respond to repeated messages for comment.