Air Force Held Liable For 2017 Texas Mass Shooting

The Wall Street Journal reports:

A federal judge ruled that the U.S. Air Force bears most of the responsibility for the 2017 mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, because it failed to enter the shooter’s criminal history into a federal background check database used for gun purchases.

The decision Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez of the Western District of Texas comes in a civil lawsuit brought by survivors and families of victims of the massacre at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, which left 26 people dead. The 26-year-old gunman, former Airman Devin Kelley, killed himself shortly after the attack, the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.

In his decision, Judge Rodriguez said the Air Force bore 60% of the responsibility for the shooting and ordered parties to set a trial plan within 15 days to assess monetary damages for the survivors and victims’ families in the case.

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