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Families reserve right to sue over Virginia Beach shooting

December 20, 2019 GMT
FILE - In this June 1, 2019 file photo, a girl leaves flowers at a makeshift memorial at the edge of a police cordon in front of a municipal building that was the scene of a shooting, in Virginia Beach, Va. An independent probe into Virginia Beach’s mass shooting failed to offer clear answers as to why a city engineer opened fire in his workplace, the findings released Wednesday, Nov. 13, showed. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FILE - In this June 1, 2019 file photo, a girl leaves flowers at a makeshift memorial at the edge of a police cordon in front of a municipal building that was the scene of a shooting, in Virginia Beach, Va. An independent probe into Virginia Beach’s mass shooting failed to offer clear answers as to why a city engineer opened fire in his workplace, the findings released Wednesday, Nov. 13, showed. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Families of Virginia Beach mass shooting victims have filed legal notices that reserve their right to sue the city.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the wrongful death claims will allow the families to file lawsuits through May 31, 2021.

That date will be the second anniversary of the massacre. A longtime city engineer opened fire in a municipal building, shooting 16 people and killing 12. He died in a gunfight with police.

The claims were filed by the families of four city workers. They are LaQuita Brown, Joshua Hardy, Missy Langer and Kate Nixon.

Kevin Martingayle, a Virginia Beach attorney, told the newspaper that the filings don’t “necessarily indicate a true intention to sue the city. But he said, they keep the “door open and the option available.”