Parents who survived the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, have filed a federal lawsuit against multiple entities — including the gun manufacturer, the school district and the city — alleging negligence and negligence.
Nineteen children and two teachers were killed in the May 24 shooting, after an 18-year-old entered Robb Elementary and began shooting into classrooms.
The parents filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of themselves and their children, who include: Corina Camacho’s 10-year-old son, identified in court documents as “GM,” who was injured in the attack; Tanisha Rodriguez’s 9-year-old daughter, “GR,” ran from the playground to a classroom to hide when she heard the shots; Selena Sanchez and Omar Carbajal’s son, “DJ,” was on his way to the nurse’s office when he saw the gunman shooting into the classrooms. The 9-year-old hid in a nearby classroom with other students.
Attorneys for the families say the gunman’s gun manufacturer uses aggressive marketing tactics that recklessly put children at risk.
“Daniel Defense chooses not to conduct studies to assess the effects of their marketing strategies on the health and well-being of Americans and chooses not to consider the cost to families and communities like Uvalde, Texas,” the complaint said.
Days before the shooting, the complaint says the Georgia-based company tweeted an image A child holding an assault weapon with the text: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it.”
The complaint also alleges that Firequest International, Inc., which manufactures accessory trigger systems similar to illegal stocks, sells its products to untrained civilians, young adults and minors in Uvalde. These types of devices allow semi-automatic rifles to fire faster, similar to automatic weapons.
Oasis Outback, LLC, allegedly sold the guns and ammunition knowing it was a risk, the lawsuit alleges.
“The Uvalde school shooter’s background check was clean, and Oasis Outback sold him guns and ammunition knowing he was suspicious and dangerous,” according to the legal document. “The store owner and his employees failed to act on their suspicions and block the purchases or notify law enforcement.”
The gunman legally purchased two AR platform rifles from a local federal firearms licensee on May 17th and May 20th. It also bought 375 rounds of ammunition on May 18, according to officials.
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 an unsafe environment for the complainants, according to the lawsuit. Gutierrez’s attorney told CNN his client would not comment on the pending lawsuit.
The claim also alleges that the city’s police department failed to protect the victims by following state-mandated shooter training.
“Despite an early attempt by Uvalde PD to break into the classroom, they backed off and did not try again. The scene remained ‘active’ and active shooter protocol required Uvalde PD to achieve the primary goal of stopping the killing and the gunman, however many times it takes,” said the claim.
The lawsuit also faults Lt. Mariano Pargas, the city’s acting police chief on the day of the massacre, as well as two other companies, alleging that defects in their products were factors in the response to the shooting. Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s radio communication devices used by some first responders were “defective and unreasonably dangerous because they lacked adequate warnings or instructions for failure during normal use,” the complaint said.
Lawyers also said Schneider Electric, the manufacturer of the locking mechanisms used at the school, “failed to lock as designed after closing.”
“What happened in Uvalde was an unspeakable tragedy that we condemn in the strongest possible terms,” Schneider Electric spokesman Venancio Figueroa III told CNN. “We are currently reviewing this latest filing, but cannot comment further on pending litigation.”
The plaintiffs are seeking damages and a jury trial, among other things.
Daniel Defense, Oasis Outback, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, FireQuest International, Motorola Solutions, Inc., Pargas and Arredondo did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.