The family of a woman shot to death during a massacre at a Long Island pharmacy has filed a negligence claim against the Suffolk County police, saying they knew the shooter was troubled and should have taken his gun away before he hurt someone.
Family Of Victim In LI Pharm Killings Sues State
The family says that Suffolk County police knew Laffer was troubled and should have taken away his gun.
Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 Updated at 2:09 PM EDT
Jamie Taccetta was among four people killed by David Laffer during the robbery of a drug store in Medford.
Laffer pleaded guilty this month to first-degree murder.
Newsday reports that Taccetta's family filed the claim last week. The family says Laffer was a known drug user and the department should have revoked his gun permit.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer says there was no legal basis to take away Laffer's guns.