The Highland Park 4th of July victims sued the gun’s manufacturer, two gun stores, the accused shooter and his father.




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Victims of a mass shooting that killed seven people and injured dozens at a Fourth of July parade in Illinois have filed lawsuits against a gun manufacturer, the accused shooter and the shooter’s father, court documents say.

The civil lawsuits, filed Tuesday in Lake County Circuit Court in Illinois, include families of those killed and those who suffered physical or mental health complications from the mass shooting in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. company Romanucci and Blandin statues.

Plaintiffs allege that gunmaker Smith & Wesson marketed assault rifles through unfair and deceptive strategies to “appeal to the impulsive and dangerous tendencies of civilian teenagers and their teenage offspring,” the lawsuits state.

“The mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July Parade was the predictable result of a chain of events initiated by Smith & Wesson and was entirely preventable,” the lawsuits state.

“Instead of taking steps to stop or reduce this senseless carnage, Smith & Wesson facilitates violence for profit,” the lawsuits state. “It employs sales and marketing practices that create and nurture a consumer base of young, civilian men who keep the money rolling in.”

Robert Crimo III, accused of the shooting, was indicted on 117 counts by a grand jury in July. He was charged with 21 counts of first-degree murder, three counts of murder for each person he is accused of killing at the Fourth of July parade.

The celebration turned to carnage when the gunman pointed a Smith & Wesson M&P15 semi-automatic rifle at the paraders from the roof, authorities said.

Crimo, who was 21 years old at the time of the shooting, has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

In addition to the seven dead victims, dozens more were injured.

Defendant’s father, Robert Crimo Jr. was also named in the lawsuits for protecting her son’s gun permit, which allowed her son to purchase firearms before he turned 21, including the gun he allegedly used in the shooting.

“He is also responsible for the disaster and death caused by his son,” say the lawsuits.

The father was placed under surveillance for signing that consent, despite his son showing signs that he could be a danger to those around him, police said. Police reports show officers were regularly called to their home because of domestic disputes between the elder Crimo and his wife and, in 2019, police briefly confiscated a collection of knives after the younger Crimo, then 18, threatened to “kill everyone.”

The elder Crimo has denied any responsibility or liability for his son’s actions. He has not been charged in the case, a spokeswoman for the Lake County state’s attorney’s office told CNN on Thursday.

CNN has reached out to all of the named defendants for comment on the lawsuits.

The lawsuits also accuse two gun shops — Bud’s Gun Shop and Red Dot Arms — of selling the rifle to the accused shooter, allegedly knowing Crimo lived in a jurisdiction that prohibited possession of that firearm.

“They, like Shooter’s Father, deliberately ignored the public’s right to be free from violence by placing a weapon of war in Shooter’s hands. All of these actors should be held accountable for the massacre at the Fourth of July Parade in Highland Park,” the lawsuits say.

Lawyers for the lawsuits are asking for a jury trial, saying the plaintiffs are “entitled to recover.”

Crimo climbed onto a roof overlooking the street where the parade was taking place and fired bullets at the participants, authorities said.

In a voluntary statement to authorities, Crimo said he “looked, shot and shot,” emptying two 30-round magazines before loading the weapon with a third and firing again, Lake County State’s Attorney Ben Dillon said in Crimo’s deposition. bail hearing in July.

To hide his identity, Crimo dressed in women’s clothing and used make-up to cover his tattoos, investigators believe. After the shooting, he left the roof and joined the fleeing crowd, Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Chris Covelli said.