RV Owners Sue Wal-Mart Over ’06 Shooting

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August 2, 2010 by   32 Comments

A Florida couple who shot and killed an intruder in their motorhome while it was parked in the lot of the Cedar City, Utah, Wal-Mart are suing the retailer, claiming store officials knew the man was loitering in the lot, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Carl and Tracy Coltellino were settled in their motorhome the night of July 26, 2006, when their nightmare began.

The couple and their two daughters, ages 9 and 15 at the time, were traveling to Grand Canyon National Park from Florida and had taken the company up on its open invitation to park free of charge in the store’s huge lot.

When Carl Coltellino answered a knock at the door, he confronted Steven Stubbs, who allegedly had been observed that day “behaving badly” in the parking lot, urinating and even trying to break into a vehicle. He asked if the Coltellinos were heading south.

When Carl Coltellino told Stubbs, 26, to leave, Stubbs forced his way into the motorhome. Coltellino grabbed a shotgun and a struggle ensued as the couple tried to force him out the door. During the struggle, Stubbs grabbed the gun as the men wrestled for control of the weapon. When the gun went off, Stubbs was killed.

No charges were ever filed in the case.

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32 Responses to “RV Owners Sue Wal-Mart Over ’06 Shooting”

  1. Hawkeye on September 26th, 2010 9:08 am

    Walmart will probably stop rv’s parking in lots.
    The American people are stopping everything they do and say anymore because of being sued and losing everything they have worked hard to acquire.
    Sad thing is Walmart will probably settle this out of court because it is cheaper to settle than take the chances of a jury awarding this family millions of dollars.
    Sorry the family had to experience this situation but man up.
    Maybe we need to take a look at our justice system and get some control over lawsuits that should never be started in first place.
    Happy RVing!

  2. Paul on October 4th, 2010 5:31 pm

    We don’t park at Walmart overnight because of the possibility of being harassed by drifters, teens looking for some fun, or someone looking for an easy mark to rob. Home invasions are on the rise and so are RV robberies.

    So, we park in campgrounds and always are self-protected in case someone might want to break in. Never open a door after dark to strangers, RV or at home!

    It is true that Walmart will probably reconsider their hospitality policy and ask RVers to just move on. Too bad.

  3. Pat on November 7th, 2010 4:06 am

    and now they will be able to afford any campground anywhere- a chauffer can drive their MH while they stay in top notch spas and resorts.
    Although they may have post traumatic stress; I certainly hope there was counseling for their children- and not just legal counsel.

  4. Bill on November 18th, 2010 3:42 pm

    The problem is really with every Judge we ever had in this country, who didn’t throw out these cases, but in a bitter activist attempt to hurt businesses(Americans) , chose to hear them. The most famous story is the one with the lady at McDonalds drive thru, who spilled coffee in her own lap. Those Judges have trained low elements in our culture that it’s PROFITABLE/Acceptable to derive undeserved wealth from others thru lawsuits. If this suit results in a new policy from Walmart, we need to take a look at the Judge first. Going deeper we need only to take a look at what politician appointed these “Special” Judges to find the real problems. And vote them out of office.

  5. Bill on December 8th, 2010 6:26 pm

    So the family takes care of the would be assailant and now is suing WalMart for… uh, why? What if a burglar broke into their house, who would they sue then? The door knob people? The city police? The house builder? Obama?

    Carl and Tracy Coltellino, in their self-righteous greed, will be the impetus for WalMart to decide against allowing RV’ers overnight parking because unfortunately, there are alot more Coltellino’s out there.

    I agree with Tessa Hill, write a letter of support to WalMart and tell ‘em to not back down! We appreciate their generosity.

  6. Rvs for sale on December 16th, 2010 2:13 am

    we live ten years in our motor home, we have probably stayed at Wal-Mart .same time we have take rest on highways.If we lose our Wal-Mart parking, we will have lost a very convenient resource for overnight parking.

  7. Mike on December 19th, 2010 11:18 am

    I think Walmart makes to much money on the shoping campers do while parked. They have insurance for this type thing and will no close free parking. The Camp Ground owners are the ones forcing Walmart to stop FREE parking. I can understand there concern for there business. Maybe if more campers park for free we will not have camp grounds that are worth staying at. I am not looking to not have free parking at Walmart it comes in handy for a fast off/on if just traveling and not camping.

  8. Glen on December 29th, 2010 2:44 pm

    I think it is ashame we have peoople who sue rather than use good common sense. I do not open the door of my motorhome for anyone unless they are police in uniform or someone who can present proper credentials. If in fact I see someone who I do not recognize as being proper authority I call 911 and let the police take care of it. If the intruder trys to break in he is risking his life.

  9. Bob on January 3rd, 2011 11:14 pm

    I’m very disappointed that they did this. The intruder was a very unfortunate thing but I don’t know what they expected Wal-mart to do. If they noticed the guy lingering they should have called the police. Doesn’t anyone take responsibility for anything anymore?? Wal-mart will likely close the free use of their parking lots. If that happens it would be unfortunate for many.

  10. Bill on February 8th, 2011 2:36 pm

    I have to agree with the majority here… thanks to this ONE moron all of us will more than likely lose our PRIVILEGE of parking at Walmart overnight. You never open the door to someone you don’t know. I’m sure the lawyers will win on this one, and thanks to Carl Coltellino all the rest of us will lose. Way to go Carl !!!!

  11. Dennis J on March 18th, 2011 1:44 pm

    You Know what? This family is what is wrong about the USA now. If you do something stupid, you deserve what you get. I hope this guy get laughted out of court, Wal Mart sues him, they take his RV so he can never do this again. What example does this show to his kids? Blame EVERYONE ELSE for your stupidity and you will become rich. I am truly sorry for his trama, but when you do something wrong, admit it and learn, don’t blame soneone else.

  12. bernard r on May 4th, 2011 9:51 pm

    we have stayed often in walmarts from quebec city to alaska an id clifornia we were always welcome it’s a great way to travel for overnight stay and always find it secure. thank you very much Walmart