Texas church shooting
SAN ANTONI – The Air Force must pay more than $230 million in compensation to survivors and families of victims of the 2017 Texas church massacre for failing to report a conviction that would have prevented the gunman from legally purchasing a shooting gun.
The judge ruled Monday.
In July, Judge Rodriguez held the government 60% responsible for the mass shooting that left 26 dead, and 22 wounded, because the gunman threatened mass violence while in the Air Force.
The judge’s ruling is in line with the victims and their families who believe the fatal shooting could have been prevented if it had been properly reported by the military branch.
More than two dozen people were killed when Devin Patrick Kelly opened fire during Sunday mass at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
Kelly, who died of wounds apparently sustained after being shot and chased by two men who overheard the church shooting, had served in the Air Force prior to the attack.
In the fall, family members and victims demanded about $418 million, and the feds were originally only willing to pay about 10% of that: $31 million.
“There is no amount of money that will fix what has been taken away, hence the way in which it has been snatched from these families.
I think the word that applies the most is relief, that justice can be done for these families.
And that with this ruling, I think what the Court has done very well, is to tell these families that what happened is of significance to our country that is safer today.
And our country became safer, because there was collective accountability and “gun violence that should have been prevented,” Saffar said on Monday.