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Newtown Parents to Sue, But Targets of Families' Lawsuits Unclear

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The exterior of the Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Connecticut State Police via Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Dec 2014 04:39 PM

Some parents of children killed in the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting plan to sue, filing wrongful death lawsuits.

The Associated Press said it is uncertain who would be the target of the lawsuits, which are made possible by court filings by parents of half of the 20 students killed seeking to create estates for their children.

The statute of limitation is two years to file most civil lawsuits, and the two-year anniversary of the shooting is Sunday.

Families met with lawyers about a potential lawsuit against Bushmaster, the manufacturer of the Bushmaster AR 15 gun that Adam Lanza used in the killings, the Hartford Courant reported.

Lanza killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, in their home before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he killed 20 children, six educators, and himself.

The town also could face lawsuits over security issues at the school. Parents also may sue the estate of Nancy Lanza or the company that holds the insurance policy for her home, the newspaper said.

The parents of 11 slain children have filed documents in probate court that include a box that must be checked if the estate plans to file a wrongful death claim, according to the Courant.

Newtown’s town attorney David Grogins was unaware of any claims against the town, the New Haven Register reported.

“I think it would be a difficult case to prove, but that doesn’t mean nothing will be filed,” Grogins said.

Under the statute of limitations, a lawsuit must be in the hands of the state marshal by Sunday, and the marshal would have 30 days to serve those being sued.

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