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article imageActor Paralyzed in New Jersey Theme Park Show Shooting Sues

By Owen Weldon     Jun 5, 2008 in World
On Thursday an actor that was shot in the head and partly paralyzed when live ammunition was mistakenly used during a theme park's staged gun fight has filed a lawsuit against the park, charging their negligence and recklessness led to his injuries.
Andrew A. Fraser is the lawyer for Scott Harris, 39, and he says that it was reckless misconduct on the theme park's part for allowing a 17-year-old to have access to firearms and live ammunition.
Fraser said that Scott will now need a lifetime of care, medical treatment and rehabilitation and the lawsuit is seeking an unspecified about of money for damages and that will go towards those purposes.
On July 7, 2006 Harris was shot and his right arm and leg are now paralyzed and he cannot walk and he cannot talk very well. Harris is now in a group home.
The lawsuit names park owner Michael Stabile; Nathan McPeak, a park supervisor; and Alberto Morales. Morales was the employee who brought real ammunition to the park.
The 17-year-old who fired the pistol is also being sued and he is only being identified as D.S. because he was a juvenile at the time.
No listings for Morales could be found and messages left at the theme park for Stabile and McPeak were not immediately returned.
Fraser said that back in January 2007 criminal charges were brought against Stabile and McPeak, as well as the juvenile and they were all charged with violating public safety by allowing a gun with real ammunition in the show. As of now their cases have not gone to trial.
The teen said that he loaded the bullets instead of the blanks by accident and he was charged with assault and sentenced to probation after he pleaded guilty to negligently injuring another person with a weapon.
The theme park owner and supervisor should have been more careful and the juvenile should not be sued because it was the theme park responsibility to make sure the show went right.
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