Shannon L., a New Hampshire woman who was shot in the abdomen at close range has filed a lawsuit against the shooter and his parents. The lawsuit alleges that the parents of the 38-year-old man, who lives with his parents, were aware their son had access to firearms even though he might not have been mentally stable.
After the March 2010 incident, the man told police the shooting was an accident. He was sitting on a couch with a pillow covering the .45-caliber handgun in his lap when he pulled the trigger, striking Shannon who was standing less than 5 feet away.
Shannon, who has no medical insurance, suffered "severe and traumatic gunshot injuries" that affected her abdominal and pelvic regions, colon, bladder and rectum. She has endured multiple hospital stays and surgeries and has needed catheters, which caused multiple infections.