HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– A wrongful death lawsuit may be coming in the Sandy Hook school shooting. Ten parents of children killed that day have filed to establish estates for their slain children, and that may be the first step to a big lawsuit.
The second anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook is this Sunday, and that is also the day that the statute of limitations for most civil lawsuits expires. Now there is a strong indication that some sort of lawsuit is about to filed.
It’s revealed in several documents filed by ten of the Sandy Hook parents within the past five days at the Northern Fairfield County Probate Court in Bethel. The parents of ten of the children slain at the Sandy Hook School have filed forms with the court establishing estates for their children, a necessary step before any court action on their behalf.
Seven of the ten checked off the box on the form indicating they intend to file a wrongful death lawsuit. News 8 spoke Tuesday afternoon with several of these parents, but they declined to state their intentions. A lawyer they are known to have consulted also declined comment Tuesday.
Citing unnamed sources, the “Hartford Courant” is reporting they have discussed a potential lawsuit against the North Carolina-based maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used by Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza.
The parents that joined Gov. Malloy when he signed the Sandy Hook gun control bill last year and were most vocal in advocating for it appear to be among those that have applied with the Probate Court.
The “Courant” also reports that the families are considering a lawsuit against the insurance company that held the homeowner’s policy on the Lanza home in Newtown. The home was given to the town just last week by the bank that held the mortgage.
Another report says the families could file a lawsuit against the town of Newtown over security at the school on the day of the shooting.