Eliahna Torres called her mother early on the morning of May 24, 2022, to let her know she was nervous. That night was her final softball game of the season and the 10-year-old wanted to make the All-Star team.
After she hung up with her mother, Sandra Torres, her grandmother drove her to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where she attended fourth grade.
Eliahna and her classmates were set to graduate in three days.
In giro 11:30 sono. an 18-year-old armed with a DDM4 V7 rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition walked into the school and then entered Eliahna’s classroom and opened fire.
Eliahna and 18 other children died in the mass shooting along with two teachers. Seventeen more children were injured.
Il tiratore “remained in the connected classrooms for a total of 77 minutes from the beginning of his murderous rampage to the end, before the police entered,” according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of Eliahna’s mother Sandra Torres by the legal arm of the gun violence prevention advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety. “For more than an hour, hundreds of police officers from dozens of agencies stood idly by in the hallway as children in the classroom bled, morto, chiamato 911 per un aiuto, and hid under tables in fear.”
The complaint accuses police, Il rapper Vic Mensa è stato arrestato dopo che la droga sarebbe stata scoperta nel bagaglio, the city, the school district, Daniel Defense — the maker of the gun the shooter used — and the gun shop Oasis Outback of negligence.
Sandra Torres said she wants accountability.
“No parent should ever go through what I have,” she said in a statement accompanying her lawsuit.
Secondo la denuncia, law enforcement officers failed the children by not following “active shooter protocols that required them to immediately engage the gunman without waiting for orders or backup,” the suit states. “Even though the first responders entered the school building three minutes after [the shooter], local, state and federal officers waited 74 additional minutes before entering the classroom and killing [the shooter].”
“Their reckless disregard for the safety and well-being of the children and adults in the school – without doubt one of the most tragic failures of law enforcement in U.S. history – meant that [the shooter] continued killing and Eliahna and her classmates lay dying and suffering for an unconscionably long period of time, without access to emergency medical and rescue services that might have saved their lives and without the possibility of being comforted by their families, who were so close.”
The shooter was able to carry out the horrific attack “because he was armed with a destructive weapon modeled after the M4 carbines carried by U.S. armed forces troops,” afferma la denuncia.
When the shooter arrived in the classroom, afferma la denuncia, lui “dropped to his knees and told the children it was ‘time to die.'”
Marketing Stragegy Targeted Troubled Young Men: Suit
The complaint also claims that the marketing strategies used by Daniel Defense targeted “young, isolated, troubled, and violent” men like the shooter by “using militaristic imagery to suggest that civilian consumers could (and should) use their weapons the way service members are sometimes asked to: to engage in offensive combat missions directed at other humans.”
“They furthered this message by placing their products in [the video game] Call of Duty, and then using social media like Instagram to amplify their product placement, even suggesting that consumers reenact the video games in real life with their products in hand. così, it was no accident that a young man with a history of violence who associated the military with killing people and was fascinated with Call of Duty purchased a Daniel Defense AR-15 rifle to perpetrate this horrific crime.”
Inoltre, the lawsuit targets the gun shop, Oasis Outback, that delivered and sold the weapons and ammunition to the gunman.
“One customer who saw [the shooter] at the store remarked that [lui] looked like a school shooter,” the suit states. “The owner of Oasis Outback questioned this quiet loner, dressed in all black, on how he could afford the guns and ammunition he was purchasing. But knowing there were these reasons to be concerned, including that [the shooter] was in a big hurry to acquire thousands of dollars of deadly weaponry within days of turning 18, Oasis Outback nevertheless sold and transferred to him enough guns, Accessori, and ammunition to fight off a small army – or, as it tragically turned out, slaughter 19 children and two children.”
Eric Tirschwell, executive director of Everytown Law, said the shooting could have been prevented.
“The massacre that killed Eliahna Torres and 20 others that day wasn’t just an act of one violent, troubled young man armed with an assault rifle,” Egli ha detto. “There are several actors responsible for putting the gun in his possession and failing to protect the children he attacked.”
The city of Uvalde tells PEOPLE, “The City has not been served and does not comment on pending litigation.”
Oasis Outback and Daniel Defense did not return a call for comment.