April 13, 2023

Families and victims of FedEx mass shooting file lawsuit against gun company

In this file photo an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department vehicle restricts access to the FedEx facility where eight people were shot and killed by a former employee on April 15, 2021. - Alan Mbathi/IPB News, file

In this file photo an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department vehicle restricts access to the FedEx facility where eight people were shot and killed by a former employee on April 15, 2021. - Alan Mbathi/IPB News, file

Families and victims of the Indianapolis FedEx mass shooting in 2021 have filed a lawsuit against firearms manufacturer American Tactical, Inc. The company distributed the high-capacity magazine the shooter used to kill eight people in the attack.

The lawsuit claims the company was negligent in its marketing of the magazine, which stores large quantities of ammunition. Standard magazine capacity can vary, including 10 to 30 rounds, while the one used in the FedEx shooting could hold 60.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence released a statement on the lawsuit Thursday.

"Gun manufacturers and distributors know that high capacity magazines are favored by mass shooters due to their ability to kill as many people as possible, therefore American Tactical should have enacted reasonable safeguards to prevent such magazines from falling into the hands of those who should not have them," said Brady president Kris Brown.

Contact WFYI city government and policy reporter Jill Sheridan at jsheridan@wfyi.org. Follow on Twitter: @JillASheridan.

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