The Department of Justice of the United States announced Wednesday that has reached a $144.5 million settlement to close the civil lawsuits submitted by those affected by a 2017 shooting in Texas in which 26 people died.
These provisional agreements, according to his note, will resolve the claims of more than 75 plaintiffs who alleged that the Air Force acted negligently by not transmitting to the National Instant Criminal Record Check System (NICS) information about the perpetrator of the shooting.
That data, in his opinion, would have prevented him from purchasing weapons from a federally licensed dealer.
The massacre took place on November 5, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, while a mass was being celebrated. The assailant killed 26 people, injured 22 others and after being shot twice by a neighbor as he fled, committed suicide.
A federal court in Texas concluded that the United States was responsible for the damages caused and the agreement reached, pending the approval of some aspects by a court, resolves the pending appeals.
“No money or words can lessen the immense tragedy of the Sutherland Springs mass shooting. Today’s announcement brings the litigation to a close, ending a painful chapter for the victims of this unimaginable crime,” said Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta.
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