January 31, 2023

The sun sets behind the memorial to the victims of the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde, Texas on August 24, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]

Nearly 30 survivors of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, have filed a $27 billion class action lawsuit alleging miscommunication and inaction by law enforcement officials did nothing to stop the shooter, 19 children and two killing teachers.

The plaintiffs include parents, teachers and school staff who were at the school on May 24 when the second-deadliest school shooting in the United States occurred. The students and teachers were shot dead in adjoining classrooms just days before school was due to close. At least 17 others were injured.

A total of 376 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies responded to the massacre. Officers waited 77 minutes after the gunman entered two adjacent classrooms before bursting in and killing the gunman, Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old resident of Uvalde.

The lawsuit, filed in Austin Tuesday, accuses various law enforcement officials of “failing to follow active shooter protocols.” It argues that their decision to treat the active shooter as a “barricaded subject” in the two classrooms violated the victims’ constitutional rights.

The lawsuit names the city, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, the school district police department, the Uvalde Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and several individuals who are or are members of the agencies listed as defendants.

In July, a Texas House report found “systemic errors” among the 376 officers who responded to the massacre. And earlier this month, investigators launched an investigation to see if quicker action by law enforcement could have saved more victims.

Scores of Uvalde officers have also resigned or been fired in recent months, and the school district also suspended its entire police department in October.

In a separate lawsuit filed Thursday afternoon, Uvalde City officials allege that Uvalde County Attorney Christina Mitchell withheld key information that an independent investigator could add to an ongoing internal affairs investigation into the police response to the shooting were requested. The Texas Tribune reported that the lawsuit is looking for all relevant records for the investigation.

Separately, survivors and victims’ families filed another lawsuit on Tuesday, seeking $6 billion in damages from Daniel Defense – the maker of the gunman’s gun – and the Oasis Outback gun shop in Uvalde.

The lawsuit alleges Daniel Defense violated the Federal Trade Commission Act and argues that the Georgia-based company’s marketing on social media and video games “leads young buyers to buy AR-15-style rifles as soon as they get them.” are legally able to do so”.

Earlier this year, gunmaker Remington settled a $73 million lawsuit with the families of victims of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, who also targeted the company’s marketing. On December 14, 2012, a gunman killed 20 children and six school staff before taking his own life. It was the deadliest mass shooting at an elementary school in US history.

The lawsuit also alleges that Oasis Outback, the gun shop in Uvalde that sold him guns and ammunition, “despite all circumstantial evidence reasonably casting doubt on[the shooter’s]fitness to buy, authorized the purchase and “effectively made available to him.” “have an excessive supply of weapons, supplies and ammunition which should be a foreseeable cause for concern”.

The lawsuit alleges that the victims and survivors suffered “emotional and psychological damage as a result of the conduct and omissions of the defendants” as a result of the shooting.

According to the lawsuit, despite active shooter training, law enforcement “have fundamentally deviated from acting in accordance with known protocols and standards for responding to an active shooter.”

Anne Marie Espinoza, a school district spokeswoman, said in a statement to CNN that he “cannot comment on or provide any information about pending litigation.” As a district, we are focused on supporting our students and their families as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times.”

There was no comment from the gun manufacturer or the gun shop owner.

Agencies contributed to this story.

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