Mexicans sue Walmart over Texas shooting that left victims on both sides of border




Mexicans sue Walmart over Texas shooting that left victims on both sides of border


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Ten Mexican citizens have sued Walmart (NYSE:WMT) over the shooting at a store in the U.S. border town of El Paso, Texas, that killed eight Mexicans and left eight more injured, saying that Walmart did not do enough to protect its customers, Mexico said on Wednesday.

The suspected gunman told police he was targeting "Mexicans" in the August shooting, which killed 22 people in total.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the lawsuit, which was filed in Texas state court in El Paso County, aimed to hold the retailer accountable "for not taking reasonable and necessary measures to protect its customers."

"Through this lawsuit, the petitioners seek justice not only for themselves, but also security for the general public," the Mexican ministry said in a statement.

A spokesman for Walmart said the company had yet to see a copy of the complaint and would respond appropriately in court.

“We will never forget this tragic event, and our condolences continue to go out to the everyone who was affected," the company said in a statement. "Safety is a top priority and we care deeply about our associates and customers."

The suit is being handled by the Law Office of Lynn Coyle, an El Paso-based firm, in coordination with the Mexican consulate general in the city. Lawyers at the firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It was not clear from the ministry's statement what relation the Mexican plaintiffs have to the attack, though the ministry noted that Coyle works with victims of the shooting.

The ministry's statement did not detail on what grounds the plaintiffs seek to hold Walmart responsible for the attack.

The carnage in El Paso, followed just 13 hours later by a mass shooting in Ohio, sparked a political outcry, with El Paso native and former Democratic Party presidential contender Beto O’Rourke demanding the mandatory confiscation of the assault-style rifles often used in mass shootings.

The Mexican government also condemned the shooting, describing it as an act of terrorism against Mexicans.

"The government of Mexico will continue to use all the resources at its disposal to prevent such incidents from recurring and repair the damages suffered by the victims," the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

(This story corrects first sentence to say that Walmart did not do enough, not that Mexico did not do enough.)





Related News

Factbox: Timeline of the Russia doping case
Today, 14:06
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will on Monday consider a recommendation from its compliance committee to hand Russia a four-year Olympic ban as part of a sanctions package to punish Moscow for handing WADA
Germany's SPD slip in polls after choosing new leftist leaders
Today, 14:03
BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) has fallen after members last week chose as leaders a leftist duo who are skeptical about remaining in government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a poll showed
United States and Iran swap prisoners in rare act of cooperation
Today, 13:06
By Parisa Hafezi DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States and Iran swapped prisoners - a Chinese-American detained for three years on spying charges and an imprisoned Iranian - on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties
Pope meets with Maltese PM hit by scandal over reporter's murder
Today, 13:03
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday gave a private audience to outgoing Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, ignoring an appeal to cancel the meeting with a premier engulfed in crisis over a probe into a murdered journalist. Francis
Buttigieg pledges billions to curb education disparities
Today, 12:15
By Michael Martina DETROIT (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg vowed on Saturday to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to improve public education if elected, with a plan that boosts funds for "underserved children" and



Latest News
Factbox: Timeline of the Russia doping case
07.12.2019 14:06
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will on Monday consider a recommendation from its compliance committee to hand Russia a four-year Olympic ban as part of a sanctions package to punish Moscow for handing WADA doctored and incomplete laboratory data. Russia, which has denied state involvement in doping, says the
Read more
Germany's SPD slip in polls after choosing new leftist leaders
07.12.2019 14:03
BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) has fallen after members last week chose as leaders a leftist duo who are skeptical about remaining in government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a poll showed on Saturday. At a party conference on Friday, the SPD gave their new leaders, Saskia Esken and
Read more
United States and Iran swap prisoners in rare act of cooperation
07.12.2019 13:06
By Parisa Hafezi DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States and Iran swapped prisoners - a Chinese-American detained for three years on spying charges and an imprisoned Iranian - on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened since President Donald Trump took office. Trump said Chinese-American Xiyue Wang was
Read more
Pope meets with Maltese PM hit by scandal over reporter's murder
07.12.2019 13:03
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday gave a private audience to outgoing Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, ignoring an appeal to cancel the meeting with a premier engulfed in crisis over a probe into a murdered journalist. Francis met Muscat and his wife and family on Saturday morning, the Vatican said, in an audience that was far
Read more
Buttigieg pledges billions to curb education disparities
07.12.2019 12:15
By Michael Martina DETROIT (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg vowed on Saturday to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to improve public education if elected, with a plan that boosts funds for "underserved children" and expands early childhood learning. Buttigieg, who has campaign stops this weekend in Iowa where he has
Read more