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Highland Park shooting victims sue gunsmith Smith & Wesson

Survivors of the mass shooting at a 4th of July parade in a Chicago suburb have filed 11 lawsuits against Smith & Wesson for allegedly marketing to young men at risk of violence – including 22-year-old shooter Robert Criminal III.

The lawsuits were filed on Wednesday by the injured and families of those killed in the Highland Park tragedy in an attempt to hold the arms maker accountable for their alleged connection to the shooting that left seven dead and 48 injured.

Liz Turnipseed, one of the survivors, said in court papers she had just arrived at the parade with her 3-year-old daughter and her husband when Crimo opened fire from a nearby rooftop and punched her in the face. cut.

Her injuries required weeks of intensive care as she recovered from her injuries, which will require her to walk with a cane for a short time.

She is currently undergoing therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder and her plans to have another child have been put on hold after her embryo transfer was delayed. Doctors have since told her it would be dangerous to get pregnant in her condition.

Dozens of victims have sued the prominent gunsmith, claiming their ads targeted potentially dangerous customers.

Turnipseed was inspired to speak out when 19 students and two teachers were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

“I had a unique opportunity to help put a real face on what these guns do to people and … give it a first-person perspective,” Turnipseed told The Associated Press. “Because not that many of us survive. Because they are so deadly.

News of the lawsuits filed by multiple victims and their families was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Smith & Wesson M&P
Crimo allegedly used a Smith & Wesson M&P style assault rifle to carry out his attack.
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Smith and Wesson did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.

Turnipseed’s lawsuit largely focuses on the weapon used by Crimo in the shooting – a Smith and Wesson M&P 15 semi-automatic rifle.

The lawsuit alleges that the gun marker should have been aware that its advertisements would attract potentially dangerous customers, “”namely, impulsive young men with hero complexes and/or militaristic delusions attracted to the use of particularly high lethality of AR-15-style weapons … to effectively carry out their fantasies,” his attorneys wrote.

Turnipseed claims Smith and Wesson’s advertisements emphasize the M&P’s usefulness as a combat weapon, using the perspective of a shooter popular in shooting and military video games.

The accused Highland Park gunman, Robert E.
Crimo uploaded video game clips showing his character shooting opponents from rooftops.
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Smith & Wesson advertises that the gun is “capable of handling as many rounds as you can.” A commercial shows the assault rifle against a dark background with the phrase “kick brass” in bold red type.

“The advertisements and marketing tactics described above demonstrate that Smith & Wesson knowingly marketed, advertised and promoted the rifle to civilians for unlawful purposes, including to conduct offensive military-style combat missions against their perceived enemies” , say his lawyers.

The victims’ lawsuits use a similar argument used by the families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims, who reached a $73 million settlement with gun maker Remington last February, which is the largest payout ever. an arms manufacturer linked to a massacre.

Mourners react at a memorial site for the victims of a mass shooting during a July 4 parade,
Seven people were killed in the shooting during the Highland Park Independence Day Parade.
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Turnipseed is also suing Crimo for assault and battery and willful infliction of emotional distress.

She is also suing the shooter’s father, Robert Crimo Jr., for negligence – specifically for sponsoring his son’s gun license application in 2019 just months after the 19-year-old attempted suicide. and threatened family members.

Ari Scharg, an attorney representing Turnipseed, said he hoped to take the case to a jury. He has direct links to the shooting – he was forced to hide in a basement with his 7-year-old daughter when the gunshots rang out.

Photograph by Robert Crimo III
Crimo is accused of killing seven people and wounding dozens more in the deadly attack.

Crimo faces 21 counts of first-degree murder, 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated battery, representing those killed and injured at the parade in Highland Park

Crimo III’s father has not yet been charged. However, officials have not ruled out this possibility.

With pole wires

New York Post

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