The families of two people gunned down a year ago in Odessa have filed a lawsuit against the man who sold the shooter his weapons15-year-old Leilah Hernandez and 40-year-old Joseph Griffith were both shot dead in front of their families in a rampage August 31st 2019 that took seven lives.The shooter was also killed. 25 other people. including three police officers were wounded.
Attorney John Sloan says Marcus Braziel of Lubbock sold the shooter, 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator from Lorena, an AR style weapon in person. He says Braziel was not a licensed firearm dealer. "He made a regular practice of buying parts through a licensed firearms dealer and assembling those parts and selling them over Craig's List and other ways."Sloan says Ator had mental health issues which would have prohibited him from buying or owning a weapon.
The suit also names Anderson Manufacturing for selling Braziel gun parts which he then assembled. The suit seeks damages in excess of one million dollars for each of the two victims.
Sloan says the families "wanted to do something to try to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else. I believe that's a huge motivational factor."