A few days after Coach Tanger launched in 2016, the family of a coach who was fatally shot in the parking lot of the restaurant where he worked decided to take a stand against the company.
They took it upon themselves to take legal action against the owners of the company that owned the store.
The family of the victim said they had been promised $200 to settle a claim for wrongful death and $1,000 in damages.
“We had an idea to take this to court because it was a business that was hurting so many people,” said the victim’s mother, Tracey Smith, who worked as a chef at the restaurant.
“I had a hard time believing that was what happened to my son.”
When the lawsuit was filed in March 2017, the owner of the store, a couple who own a company called Tanger Ventures, was unavailable for comment.
Tracey’s husband, Jason Smith, said the family has been contacted by representatives of the police and prosecutors but declined to comment further.
Tanger did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the lawsuit.
“The truth is that it was not our intent to take any action, but we had to go forward,” Tracey said.
“It’s important to say that if we had a choice, we would have taken action.”
The Smiths’ lawsuit said the restaurant was located in a parking lot adjacent to the Tanger restaurant.
When they asked for an employee to come check on the safety of the staff, the employees were told the business was closed and they should call a phone number to verify it.
When the couple went to the restaurant and asked about the closure, they said they were told that the owner was still in charge.
Tracee Smith, Traci Smith’s sister, said she learned that the restaurant’s owners had not yet been charged in connection with the shooting.
“When we came in, the owners were saying they had not fired anyone, and that they were trying to get them to stop the shooting,” Tracer Smith said.
Tracer’s husband said they wanted to find out why the owner wasn’t in charge of the business.
They also wanted to know why the owners had allegedly refused to provide them with the safety protocols that were in place to keep the restaurant safe.
“At one point, the restaurant owner came into our room, told us that they had fired a gun into the ceiling,” Traceee Smith said, referring to the gun in the restaurant shooting.
When Tracer and Traci said they didn’t want to hear what was going on, the mother-of-two said, the couple was told to leave.
“They said we weren’t going to tell them, that they should just leave,” Tracie Smith said she told her sister.
“She was saying, ‘We can’t talk to you, we are not going to speak to you.
We don’t want you to know what’s going on.'”
Tracies brother, Kevin Smith, was at the table when Tracys story broke.
“My whole world changed when I heard this,” Kevin Smith said in a statement released by the family.
Over 50,000 Americans have been killed by firearms in the U.S. every year. “
Tracee and Tracey were not alone in their struggles.
Over 50,000 Americans have been killed by firearms in the U.S. every year.
It is time for all of us to stand up for the rights of law-abiding citizens to be able to openly carry a firearm in our communities without fear of violence.”
A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said it is not aware of any legal action being brought against the TANGER VENTURES company by the Smiths or the restaurant owners.
“As the case is under review, we cannot comment on this matter,” the spokesman said.
The restaurant owners were not charged in the case.
“This is a sad day for all who work in the food service industry and for all law-enforcement personnel who serve our communities,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in her statement.
“There are no words to describe the devastating impact that this tragedy has had on so many families.”
Tracy Smith said that, although the restaurant has been reopened, the atmosphere at the time of the shooting is still dark.
“Everyone is afraid of what’s happening,” Traci added.
“People are scared to come in and talk to us.”
The TANGERS have been in legal trouble before.
Traci said that during her daughter’s high school graduation speech, her mother was asked to step in to break up the celebration.
“That’s how I felt about my mom’s speech,” TrACIE Smith said of her mother’s speech.
“But, I knew that was the only way that we could get her to be herself