Mini mart worker sues owners after being shot at Cahokia store

Andrea Dearden Jun. 26, 2012, 1:35am


A cashier at a Cahokia convenience store says his employer is to blame for him being shot several times during an attempted robbery.

Lougene and Rebecca Blue filed a lawsuit June 6 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Najeh Ahmed, Mumtaz Lalani and Ghassan Jaraba.

According to the complaint, Blue was working as a cashier at the Mini-mart on Camp Jackson Road in July 2010. During a robbery Blue says he was shot multiple times by several unknown criminals. Blue claims the store had been the target of several robberies within the last five years and that Ahmed, Lalani and Jaraba should have known the danger would likely continue.

Blue alleges his unsafe working conditions would have been made safer had the Mini-mart owners made him aware of the possibility of a robbery and employed a trained security guard to patrol the store. He and his wife accuse Ahmed, Lalani and Jaraba of negligence and loss of consortium. They ask for more than $100,000 in damages for medical expenses, loss of income and court costs.

Attorney Joseph M. Taylor of St. Louis represents the Blues.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-304

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