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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed by Family of Gun Instructor

The family of a shooting instructor who was unintentionally killed by a 9-year-old with an Uzi has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners and operators of the outdoor shooting range.

How We Got Here

It was a story that sent shockwaves throughout the country. After traveling from their New Jersey home to Las Vegas during vacation, the girl, and her family made their way to White Sands for a day of shooting on the range. After her father shot the Uzi first, the girl took her turn. As the instructor positioned himself around the girl and taught her how to properly stand and fire the weapon, she shot off a few rounds. The instructor then adjusted the Uzi’s setting to automatic and let her hold the weapon on her own. Apparently, the recoil was too powerful for the girl, and she involuntarily pointed the gun straight up. Unfortunately, as the weapon’s barrel went up, a bullet hit the instructor in the head. He died later that night. After a lengthy investigation by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, it was determined that no criminal charges would be filed.

Claims in the Lawsuit

Lawyers for the instructor’s family say that the owners and operators of the shooting range were negligent because the Uzi isn’t considered to be a safe or appropriate weapon that should be entrusted to a young girl. A jury trial in Mohave County Superior Court is requested so that compensation for damages to the instructor’s widow, their four children, his ex-wife, and mother can be made.

Call The Oswalt Law Group if Your Family Has Dealt With a Wrongful Death

The most common grounds for wrongful death lawsuits include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Shootings
  • Medical malpractice
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Dog or animal bites

While nothing can fill the void of losing a loved one, legal representatives of the victim do have the right to seek compensation. If you and your family have experienced the horrors of losing a family member because of someone else’s negligence, we urge you to call The Oswalt Group for a free consultation. Our number is (602) 225-2222.

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