Lawsuit hits faulty Remington over N.C. teen’s death

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE — The family of a North Carolina teenager shot and killed by a stray bullet is suing the gunmaker.

A state lawsuit filed Monday in Charlotte says the Remington Model 700 rifle misfired and the company was negligent in making it.

Sixteen-year-old Jasmine Thar was killed and her godmother and a friend wounded by the same bullet as they were in the front yard about to go shopping almost two years ago.

Investigations by the FBI and the state law enforcement agents determined the bullet came from a neighbor’s rifle that accidentally went off while he was cleaning it.

Remington did not return messages seeking comment about the lawsuit.

The Rockingham County-based company says on its website its Model 700 rifle is safe and malfunctions often involve alterations or improper upkeep.