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Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 4:51 p.m.

A Wilkinsburg man who was shot outside Allegheny County Police headquarters in North Point Breeze filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against the city's Urban Redevelopment Authority and its property management company for not providing better security.

Lamont Johns, whose age was not available, claims the URA and Baker Young Corporation were negligent on March 8, 2011 when David Monroe Bush shot him several times at close range while he was on his way to work at the county's office of property assessments inside the building on North Lexington Avenue.

Johns said he drove off after Bush threatened him with a gun because the two were involved in a car accident. Johns, a contract clerical employee who was working on the county-wide reassessment at the time, said the security guard told Bush he worked in the building and allowed him to wait outside. Johns said Bush attacked him when he went back to work.

Johns said the URA was negligent for not providing reasonable security. He is seeking in excess of $25,000. Gigi Saladna, URA spokeswoman, did not return a call for comment. The building's leasing agent for Baker Young declined comment.

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