Parkland Shooting Survivor Files First Victim Lawsuit Against Nikolas Cruz

Anthony Borges, 15, who was shot five times on February 14th in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre, is helped into a news conference by his grandfather at the Sheraton Suites Plantation on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Plantation, Fla. Still recovering after he used his body as a human shield to protect the lives of his fellow classmates, he was not able to speak during the conference. (Jennifer Lett/Sun Sentinel/TNS)
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A teenager who took five bullets in the Florida school mass shooting has become the first victim of the Valentine’s Day rampage to file a lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday names as defendants shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, the estate of his late mother, a family that took him in after his mother’s death and three mental health facilities that treated him. It seeks unspecified damages.

It was filed on behalf of 15-year-old Anthony Borges, who authorities say was shot while blocking a doorway to protect other students.

It’s not clear what assets Cruz has or the amount of his mother’s estate. Cruz could be forced to hire a private lawyer if the assets are substantial.

The 19-year-old Cruz is charged with 17 counts each of murder and attempted murder.

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