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Families of victims of mass shooting in Hesston win $2 million in legal settlement

The families of victims of a mass shooting at a central Kansas business in 2016 have won a $2 million legal settlement from a pawn shop that sold the firearms to the shooter’s girlfriend.

The settlement of three lawsuits in Harvey County District Court was announced Wednesday by Brady, a national center against gun violence.

Brady attorneys represented the wife and young son of one of three people shot to death at the Excel Industries factory in Hesston.  Fourteen people also were wounded.

The victims’ families argued that the now-defunct A Pawn Shop should have known that shooter Cedric Ford’s girlfriend was a straw buyer.  He was a convicted felon barred from possessing the firearms.

An attorney for the pawn shop did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

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