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Family files lawsuit after Guilford teen killed by gunshot wound

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Ethan Song, 15, died of a gunshot at a home in Guilford in January. (GoFundMe) Ethan Song, 15, died of a gunshot at a home in Guilford in January. (GoFundMe)
GUILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The family of a Guilford teen who was killed by a gunshot wound earlier this year has filed a lawsuit against the family whose home their son died in.

The shooting happened inside a home on Seaside Avenue in Guilford on Jan. 31.

Kristin and Michael Song filed the lawsuit in March, after their son, 15-year-old Ethan, died.

When officers arrived at the scene they found two teenagers, one suffering from a gunshot wound. Song was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In the lawsuit, it states the Song family is filing a lawsuit against the father of the friend Ethan was with when the shooting happened. The two teens were at the father's home. The family also filed a lawsuit against the man's business.

The lawsuit says on Jan. 31 there was a loaded gun on the premises, but the father reportedly did not store the gun safely “when he should have known that a minor was likely to gain access to the gun without the permission of his parent.”

The lawsuit also claims he was negligent and reckless, adding that he failed to teach his son about gun safety and didn’t warn Ethan’s parents that there was a gun in the house their son would be visiting.

Ethan was fatally shot, however it is unclear who shot the gun. Police said no adults were home at the time of the shooting.

The lawsuit seeks monetary damages in excess of $15,000, and punitive damages.

No charges have been filed.

To read the full lawsuit, click here.

Ethan Song was a freshman at Guilford High School.

A GoFundMe page was set up by Song's family to create a memorial fund. They said the money will go to causes close to Song, like human and animal rights, along with gun education and advocacy.

The link to it can be found here.

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