Uvalde, Texas Parents File Federal Lawsuit Against Gun Makers, School District of Robb Elementary School Massacre


Parents of survivors of the Robb Elementary School Massacre in Uvalde, Texasfiled a federal lawsuit against multiple entities — including the gunmaker, the school district and the city — over a host of allegations, including negligence and recklessness.

Nineteen children and two teachers were killed in the May 24 shooting after an 18-year-old gunman walked into Robb Elementary and began shooting into classrooms.

The parents filed a lawsuit, filed Wednesday, on behalf of themselves and their children, including: Corina Camacho’s 10-year-old son, identified as ‘GM’ in the court document, who was injured in the the attack ; Tanisha Rodriguez’s 9-year-old daughter, “GR,” who ran from the playground to a classroom to hide when she heard gunshots; Selena Sanchez and Omar Carbajal’s son, “DJ”, was walking towards the nurse’s office when he saw the shooter shooting towards the classrooms. The 9-year-old hid in a nearby classroom with other students.

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Lawyers for the families say the shooter’s gun maker is using aggressive marketing tactics that recklessly put children at risk.

“Daniel Defense chose not to do any studies evaluating the effects of their marketing strategies on the health and well-being of Americans and chose not to examine the cost to families and communities like Uvalde, Texas,” the complaint said.

Days before the shooting, the complaint notes, the Georgia-based company tweeted an image of a toddler holding an assault weapon with the caption, “Train a child in the path he should go, and when he is old, he does not deviate from it.”

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The claim also states that Firequest International, Inc., which manufactures prop trigger systems, similar to illegal dent stocks, sells its products to untrained civilians, young adults and minors in Uvalde. These types of devices allow semi-automatic rifles to fire faster, like automatic weapons.

Oasis Outback, LLC, sold guns and ammunition to the shooter knowing he posed a risk, the lawsuit alleges.

“The Uvalde school shooter’s background check was clean and Oasis Outback sold him the weapons and ammunition knowing he was suspicious and likely dangerous,” according to the legal document. “The store owner and his staff did not act on their suspicions and either blocked purchases or notified law enforcement.”

The shooter legally purchased two AR platform rifles from a local federal firearms licensee on May 17 and May 20. He also purchased 375 rounds of ammunition on May 18, officials said.

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, including Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, the district’s police chief at the time, and Mandy Gutierrez, the school’s former principal, failed to act and created a dangerous environment for the plaintiffs, according to the lawsuit. Gutierrez’s lawyer said CNN his client will not comment on the ongoing litigation.

The complaint also says the city’s police department failed to protect victims by failing to complete state-mandated active shooter training.

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“As Uvalde PD made an initial attempt to enter the classroom, they retreated and never tried again. The stage remained ‘active’ and active fire protocol required Uvalde PD to continue the primary objective of stopping the murder and the shooter, no matter how many times it takes,” the claim said.

The suit also blames Lt. Mariano Pargas, the city’s acting police chief on the day of the massacre, and two other companies, saying flaws in their products were factors in the response to the shooting. Motorola Solutions, Inc. radio communication devices, which were used by some first responders, “were defective and unreasonably dangerous because they did not contain adequate warnings or instructions regarding failure during normal use”, according to the complaint.

The lawyers also say that Schneider Electric, the maker of the door locking mechanisms used at the school, “failed to lock as intended after being shut down.”

“What happened in Uvalde is an indescribable tragedy that we condemn in the strongest possible terms,” ​​Schneider Electric spokesman Venancio Figueroa III told CNN. “We are reviewing this recent case but cannot comment further on ongoing litigation.”

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The plaintiffs seek punitive damages and a jury trial, among other remedies.

Daniel Defense, Oasis Outback, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, FireQuest International, Motorola Solutions, Inc., Pargas and Arredondo all did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

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