Texas church shooting: To file objections to the case, Federal Govt has 10 days
The US Air Force has been ordered to pay more than 230 million in damages to survivors and victims’ families of a 2017 Texas church shooting by a judge. Payments to each victim or a family member are laid out by the judge based on relation, physical harm, mental harm, future expenses, and mental anguish.
On November 5, 2017, 26 people were killed and 22 others injured when Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire during a Sunday service at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. Kelley died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound afterward.
Xinhua news agency has reported that in an ongoing civil lawsuit, the US District Judge Xavier Rodriguez on Monday ruled that the federal government failed to flag a conviction that might have kept the gunman from legally buying the weapon used in the shooting.
The family members and victims requested around $418 million and the federal government was originally only willing to pay roughly $31.8 million. There are approximately 80 claimants.
Rodriguez had ruled in July 2021 that the Air Force was “60 percent liable” for the tragedy since Kelley had threatened mass violence while in the Air Force before the attack, aligning with the victims and families who believe the massacre could have been prevented if the Air Force had submitted Kelley’s assault conviction to a national database.
The federal government has 10 days to file objections to the case, reported local media.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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