Court to Decide if Academy Can Be Sued for Role in Deadly Sutherland Springs Shooting
January 31, 2019
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (January 31, 2019) Today a Texas state court will decide if victims of the deadly Sutherland Springs shooting can sue Academy Sports + Outdoors for their role in the massacre. In November 2017, Devin Patrick Kelley entered into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, armed with a high-capacity assault rifle that he purchased from Academy, and killed 26 people, an unborn child, and wounded more than 20 others.
Attorney for the victims’ families, Robert C. Hilliard, says that Academy negligently sold Kelley the Ruger AR-556 with a 30-round capacity magazine used in the shooting. Hillard states, “If a customer with an out-of-state driver’s license walks into a Texas gun store to purchase a firearm, the gun store, here Academy, is required by law to comply with both the laws of the state of Texas and the laws of the state where that purchaser lives.” Kelley presented a Colorado driver’s license to Academy when he purchased the Ruger.Although the Ruger model is legal in Texas, it is not legal in Colorado, where Kelley was listed as a resident on his license.
Hilliard says, “There is no question Academy was required to follow the laws of both Texas and Colorado in that sale. Academy failed to do so as Colorado prohibits the sale of a Ruger AR-556 with a 30-round capacity. Academy should have never sold Kelley that Ruger.”