Gander Mountain sued after 13 gunned down in New York massacre
|Jiverly Wong opened fire on an English class and then killed himself.|
Layla Salman Khalil was one of those cut down in the hail of bullets. Now her widower, Samir Muhammad Al-Salihi, has filed a $3.7 million lawsuit against Minnesota-based Gander Mountain for ignoring Wong's alleged mental instability and selling him the gun and ammo used in the attack anyway.
In a rambling letter he sent to a local TV station in New York before the shootings, Wong described a life of frustration with his English, his inability to find work, and what he described as endless victimization at the hands of police.
The lawsuit alleges that Gander employees in New York sold Wong at least four semi-automatic pistols, despite the fact that he repeatedly and regularly appeared "mentally unstable, angry, upset, aggressive," told one Gander employee "fuck you," and was shuttled between Gander employees because he was so hard to handle.
|From the lawsuit. Click here to download the full document.|
Gander, now a privately held company that neared bankruptcy in the 1990s, was the subject of a Star Tribune corporate profile last month. Among the ways Gander said it planned to grow and compete with rivals like Cabela's: a new emphasis on shooting schools.