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Families reserve right to sue over Virginia Beach shooting

An attorney said the filings don't necessarily indicate a true intention to sue the city, but they keep the door open and the option available.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — 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. 

An attorney said the filings don't necessarily indicate a true intention to sue the city, but they keep the door open and the option available.

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