Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Survivor of Health Club Shootings Settles Lawsuit
One of the nine women who survived the August 2009 shooting melee at a Pittsburgh-area LA Fitness club has settled her lawsuit against the estate of the gunman, who committed suicide on the night of the shootings, and the LA Fitness chain.|
Comments from either the attorney for 25-year-old Heather Sherba or the club chain have not been forthcoming since the Aug. 29 settlement was first publicized in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review yesterday, and are unlikely to come anytime soon. The nine survivors and the estates of the three murdered women filed lawsuits against the estate of 48-year-old George Sodini, who entered an 8 p.m. Latin Impact aerobics class, turned out the lights and began firing one (and eventually two) of four pistols he brought to the class in a black duffle bag. It was revealed in the course of the Allegheny County Police Department’s investigation that Soldini had entered the club three times using his swipe card on the day of the shootings, and during an earlier visit to the club inquired how to turn off the lights in the aerobics room.
It was reported in 2010 that Soldini in 2007 named the University of Pittsburgh as sole beneficiary of his estate, which including the sale of his house was estimated at around $225,000.