Ten Mexican citizens have filed a lawsuit in Texas state court against Walmart, claiming the corporation did not take reasonable and necessary measures to protect its customers from the August shooting in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 people lifeless.
The goal of the suit is to hold Walmart “responsible for not taking reasonable and necessary measures to protect its customers from the attack,” according to a press release on the Mexican government’s website.
“Through this lawsuit, the petitioners seek justice not only for themselves but also security for the general public,” the statement continued.
El Paso is positioned near the U.S.-Mexico border, and the Walmart at Cielo Vista mall draws shoppers from both countries. Of the 22 killed on Aug. 3, eight were Mexican nationals, according to El Paso Police. Eight Mexican nationals were also injured, according to a release from the Mexican government.
The El Paso killings came just a few days after another shooting at one of Walmart’s Mississippi locations, where a suspended employee fatally wounded two coworkers.
In rejoinder to the mass shootings in Texas and Mississippi, Walmart in September implemented reforms to its gun policies. The retailer discontinued sales of handguns and handgun ammunition, and it discontinued sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition, which can be utilized in large-capacity clips on military-style weapons.
Following the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the company had increased the minimum age to purchase guns from 18 to 21 and removed products that mirrored assault-style rifles. Walmart’s policy on background checks is considerably more stringent than U.S. federal law requires.