Melody Hollinsworth, legal custodian of Smith, and Ginger Weaver, mother of Brant and Genna, brought the lawsuit against Hancock’s parents, James T. and Sarah Hancock and his grandparents Brian and Donna Hancock, for emotional distress and medical expenses in the wake of the shooting.
Investigators have said Hancock got the the gun used in the shooting from his grandparent’s home. Guns were found after the shooting at Hancock’s Browns Run Road residence, but they were locked up, according to investigators.
Shrapnel struck Brant Murray when Hancock pulled a gun out of his lunch box and began shooting. Brant’s sister, Genna, was not hit, but was in the “zone of danger (and) suffered severe emotional distress,” according to the lawsuit.
The family and victims are suing Hancock’s parents for “negligence, recklessness and wanton breach of duty.” They are also suing his grandparents, the owners of the handgun, for allowing Hancock to obtain the weapon, the lawsuit states.
Hollingsworth and Weaver are also suing because they claim they lost the “love (and) affection, solace and services of their minors.”
The case has been assigned to Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster and a jury trial is requested. There have been no hearing dates set.