Gunmaker Henderson sued for mass shooting
A wrongful death lawsuit accuses a Henderson company that sells high-capacity magazines of recklessly funneling ammunition into the hands of a mass shooter in Dayton, Ohio.
The lawsuit, filed Sunday in Clark County on behalf of the families of four victims, claims that magazine maker Kyung Chang Industry USA Inc. deliberately marketed and sold 100-cartridge magazines without any warranties or limitations.
“The shooter needed the instrument of massacre of the accused to accomplish his mission – to quickly kill and terrorize many people,” the lawyers wrote. “The accused needed the shooter to accomplish their mission – to make as much money as possible.”
The magazine’s maker could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
On August 4, 2019, a gunman used the magazine to fire 41 bullets in 32 seconds in the crowded entertainment district of Dayton, Oregon before being killed by police, according to the complaint.
Armed with an AR-type pistol with an extended ammo magazine, Connor Betts shot 26 people and killed nine, including his sister.
The magazine “helped The Shooter turn the popular shopping district into a war zone,” wrote family lawyers, including Las Vegas attorney Sean Claggett.
The victims included relatives of the plaintiffs Derrick Fudge, 57; Lois Oglesby, 27; Logan Turner, 30; and Nicole Warren-Curtis, 36.
Dion Green was with his father, Fudge, when filming began. His father stood in front of him and took the shots. Fudge died in his arms, the complaint says.
Plaintiff LaSandra James is the mother of Oglesby, who left two daughters.
Oglesby left a phone message after being shot: “I just got shot in the head. I have to go see my children, ”she said, according to the lawsuit.
Plaintiffs Danita and Michael Turner are the mother and father of Logan Turner, a back-to-school machinist who had just bought his first house and a dream car.
Nadine Warren, Warren-Curtis’ mother, is also a complainant in the case. Her daughter was spending an evening with her friend and colleague, Monica Brickhouse, who is also deceased.
The Dayton shooting occurred a week after using similar magazines at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., And 13 hours after using them at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where 23 people were killed.
Similar magazines were used by the shooter on the Las Vegas Strip on October 1, 2017, from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay.
Armed with several firearms – including several AR-type rifles – a dozen 100-round magazines and a 40-round magazine, the shooter fired into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest festival.
A total of 60 people died from their injuries and hundreds more were injured.
Lawyers are seeking damages and a court order to prevent the company from supplying high-capacity magazines without guarantees to prevent their misuse.