Five families with children who were shot or traumatized in a 1999 shooting at a California Jewish center have filed a $15 million (â‚¬11.6 million) claim against Washington state, where the shooter had been on parole.
The claim, potentially the precursor for a lawsuit, was filed Friday against the state Department of Corrections, which was responsible for supervising Buford O. Furrow Jr., an avowed white supremacist with a history of mental illness.
Furrow, now 44 and serving a life sentence, had been out of prison for three months at the time of the shooting spree at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, California.
The claim says the state agency should have monitored Furrow to prevent him from accumulating the weapons, should have given more attention to court records of his close ties to hate groups, and failed to obtain his psychiatric records and assess his mental health.
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