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3 multi-million lawsuits filed in Eaton Centre shooting: report

The families of the two men killed in the Eaton Centre shooting in June 2012 have filed three multi-million-dollar lawsuits in connection with the incident, according to a published report.

The Toronto Star reports those being sued include the accused shooter Christopher Husbands.

The lawsuit alleges that Husbands should not have been released on bail since he had a history of violating bail conditions.

The Toronto and Hamilton police boards, Cadillac Fairview, the owner and operator of the Eaton Centre, and the province of Ontario, are also being sued for allegedly failing to stop the shooting from occurring in the first place.

Five people were shot at the mall’s Urban Eatery on June 2, 2012. Ahmed Hassan, 24, died at the scene, while Nixon Nirmalendran, 22, passed away later in hospital. They are believed to be the intended targets.

The statements of claim filed this year allege Husbands and the other parties contributed to the men’s deaths. The allegations have not been proven in court.

Hassan’s father and two sisters, and Nirmalendran’s parents and younger brother are seeking $750,000 each. Nirmalendran’s common-law spouse and son are suing for $2.5 million each.

Lawyer Pinta Maguire of Bogoroch and Associates is representing the families in the lawsuits.

Husbands’ trial on two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of aggravated assault is set to start this fall.