Judge Approves Settlement in Sniper Lawsuit

Seattle (AP) - A judge in Washington state has approved a cash settlement for the relatives of the Washington, D.C. area sniper victims.

The settlement says Bushmaster Firearms will pay a half million dollars and Bull's Eye Shooter Supply of Tacoma, Washington, will pay two million dollars.

The money will go to the families of six of those killed by the snipers in 2002 and two people who survived the attacks.

Bushmaster manufactured the rifle used by Lee Malvo and John Muhammad. The gun store had possession of the weapon before it disappeared from inventory.

The settlement marks the first time that a gun manufacturer has agreed to pay damages in such a case.

Malvo and Muhammad are now in prison after being convicted individually in two separate cases.

Details here from the AP via ABC 7 News in Washington, D.C.