Anthony Borges, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who was shot five times, has become the first victim to file a lawsuit in the case, the SunSentinel is reporting.
Borges is the hero teenager who was shot while protecting classmates during the February shooting spree in Parkland, Florida. He has filed suit against accused gunman Nikolas Cruz for assault and battery, according to the newspaper.
Those named in the suit include James and Kimberly Snead, who allowed Cruz to stay in their home in the months leading up to the shooting and the estate of Cruz's late mother, Lynda, the Sentinel reported. Also listed as defendants in the suit, filed in Broward County Circuit Court, are three South Florida mental health facilities.
"It's unfortunate that the Sneads are being dragged into this," said their attorney, Jim Lewis. "The next time somebody in our community thinks about taking in a troubled kid, they're going to look at a lawsuit like this and think again. This will have a chilling effect on people who out of the goodness of their heart would try to take in someone in need to help them."
BuzzFeed News noted Borges spent more than a month in the hospital and underwent nine surgeries.
The website said he is currently using a wheelchair and will need intensive, constant care as he heals.
"We said from the onset that we are going to sue every single person who is remotely responsible for this happening, from the ground up," said Borges' attorney Alex Arreaza. "This was the perfect storm of negligence."
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