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      Gander Mountain being sued on behalf of Webster shooting victims

      William Spengler

      The company that sold a weapon used in a Christmas Eve shooting that left two Rochester-area volunteer firefighters dead is being sued by the victims.

      The semi-automatic rifle used by William Spengler Jr. on Dec. 24, 2012 to kill two West Webster firefighters and wound two others was purchased at a Gander Mountain store by his neighbor Dawn Nguyen. Spengler couldn't buy the gun because he was a felon.

      The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says it filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of the four victims claiming that Minnesota-based Gander Mountain should have realized Nguyen was making a "straw purchase" for Spengler, who accompanied her into the store.

      A spokesman for Gander Mountain said they haven't seen the lawsuit.

      Nguyen and Spengler's estate also are named in the lawsuit.