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Attorneys for Survivors of Buffalo Shooting and Family of Victim File Lawsuits Against Shooter’s Parents, Gun Companies and Social Media Companies


Buffalo, NY (CNN) – Attorneys representing survivors and a family member of one of the victims who died in the racist mass shooting in a Buffalo grocery store last year have filed two lawsuits against social media companies, the shooter’s parents and gun companies alleging they facilitated and equipped the gunman, according to court documents.

The lawsuits allege the parents of then-18-year-old Payton S. Gendron “abdicated their duties,” failing to intervene despite awareness of their son’s mental health problems or take any steps to limit their son’s access to at least one gun.

The civil lawsuits, filed Tuesday in Erie County State Supreme Court in New York, allege a gun magazine lock manufacturer, the business that sold Gendron the gun used in the shooting and a company that sold Gendron body armor were all negligent and contributed to the shooting.

More information regarding the specifics of this case can be found here.