A victim of the April 12 Brooklyn subway shooting is suing the gunmaker Glock

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Brooklyn Subway Shooting
Ilene Steur was one of the 10 people shot in the April 12 subway shooting in New York.Kevin Hagen/AP
  • A victim of the April 12 subway shooting in New York is suing the gunmaker.

  • Ilene Steur was seriously wounded in the attack on a Brooklyn subway car.

  • The lawsuit alleges the gun allowed the user to "inflict unparalleled civilian carnage."

A woman who was seriously wounded by a gunman in the April 12 subway shooting in New York is suing the gunmaker Glock.

The lawsuit filed by Ilene Steur accused Glock of endangering public health and safety by "creating and maintaining a public nuisance in the State of New York."

She was among the 10 people shot when Frank James opened fire on a busy subway car on the morning of April 12.

A 9mm Glock semiautomatic handgun was used in the attack, authorities said.

James fired 33 shots in the subway car after setting off smoke canisters. A  further 13 people were injured in the ensuing panic, but there were no fatalities.

Steur's lawsuit states: "The defendants are aware that their Glock design which promotes concealment and firearms firepower, unsuited to personal defense or recreation, enables an individual in possession of the weapon to inflict unparalleled civilian carnage."

The gun, which is used by police forces around the world, was manufactured to increase "pointability" that makes it more "accurate" and "user-friendly," according to the lawsuit.

It also alleges that Glock "chose to disregard the unreasonable risk of the Glock firearm in its marketing strategies."

Glock did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment made outside normal working hours.

The legal action comes amid a wave of gun violence in the US. Last week a school shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas left 19 children and two adults dead. The shooting has prompted some scrutiny of American gunmakers.

Insider previously reported that the gunman purchased the 9mm Glock handgun from a pawn shop in Ohio in 2011 despite having a criminal history. James had been arrested almost a dozen times at the time of his purchase.

James has pleaded not guilty to terrorism and other counts.

The case is brought in the US District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn, Ilene Steur v. Glock, 22-CV-3192).

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