Former Police Officer Sues Firearm Manufacturers and Retailers Over D.C. Sniper-Style Attack
Written by: Sam Orlando
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA - In a significant legal action, Antonio Harris, a retired D.C. police officer, has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against multiple firearm manufacturers and retailers. The defendants include Daniel Defense, LLC; FAB Defense, Inc.; Bravo Company USA, Inc.; FOSTECH, Inc.; and several others.
The lawsuit stems from a tragic incident on April 22, 2022, when a sniper-style attack was carried out from an apartment window in Northwest Washington, D.C. The shooter, Raymond Spencer, indiscriminately fired at children and parents at Edmund Burke School, discharging at least 239 rounds before committing suicide. During this attack, Harris, who was working as a security guard at the school, sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Harris's complaint vividly details his harrowing experience and the two months of intensive hospital treatment that followed. Despite surviving, his life has been irrevocably altered by the physical and emotional scars of the event.
Central to Harris's lawsuit is the accusation that the defendants engaged in deceptive and irresponsible marketing of their assault rifles and accessories, targeting young, impulsive male consumers. The complaint argues that such marketing practices contributed to the mass shooting phenomenon in America, including the Edmund Burke School incident.
The lawsuit reveals that the shooter, who had lived in Fairfax County, Virginia, amassed an arsenal of weapons and accessories purchased from the defendants. These purchases included an AR-15 style rifle, high-capacity magazines, and silencers, among other items, which the shooter used in the attack.
Harris asserts that the defendants have profited from the increase in demand for their products following mass shootings, exploiting fears of gun regulation and encouraging stockpiling. He accuses the defendants of failing to take steps to prevent or discourage potential mass shooters from acquiring their weapons.
This legal action highlights the broader issue of gun violence in America and the role of firearm manufacturers and retailers in these incidents. Harris seeks accountability from these companies for their alleged role in facilitating such tragedies.
The various companies targeted in the suit have yet to respond to the allegations in the complaint. Stay tuned to Breaking Through News for updates on this case as the Defendants respond to Harris' claims.