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Barney the Dinosaur

Creator Sued

Over Malibu Shooting

4/17/2013 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0417-barney-the-dinosaur-gettyWell this isn't so super dee duper ... the creator of "Barney & Friends" has just been sued by a gunshot victim, who claims the creator's son almost shot him dead.

You'll recall, Patrick Leach -- the 27-year-old son of "Barney" creator Sheryl Leach -- was arrested back in January for allegedly shooting Eric Shanks in Malibu.

Shanks has just sued, claiming Patrick aimed and fired at him while in a car that was parked at the home of Shanks' mom.

Shanks -- who was struck in the chest -- is suing Patrick for assault and battery. He's also suing Sheryl for negligence, claiming she should never have let Patrick own a gun given his violent tendencies (Patrick lives with Sheryl).

Calls to Sheryl and Patrick haven't been returned.

As for Patrick's criminal case, he just pled not guilty to attempted murder.

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Proud2bBlack    

What does Barney have to do with this?

552 days ago
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Smokeybee    

Good luck with sticking it to the deep pockets Mom. The guy is 27 there's no way she could "not let him own a gun".

552 days ago
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Majestik    

Wow, such an exclusive it took twenty minutes for someone to finally post, pffttt.

552 days ago
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IwuvTMZ    

I'm purple over this.

552 days ago
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Majestik    

So, I guess because Rita McNeil is a Canadian celebrity her passing doesn't warrant a post by TMZ huh? You guys SUCK!!!

552 days ago
6.

Max    

I love you.
You love me.
We're a happy family.

552 days ago
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tenley    

The son is 27, definitely an adult.

552 days ago
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spectator72    

While Eric Shanks is looking for money he might as well sue the gun manufacturer and the dealer that sold the weapon . Why the Frig you want to sue a Dinosaur

552 days ago
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tenley    

Why was this guy in a car parked at the home of Barney's creator? (Was he trespassing? A stalker? And that's why the son shot at him?) I mean, the question is just an aside.

552 days ago
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tenley    

OH FFS, earlier reporting by outlets other than TMZ say the mother doesn't even live at this house, she lives in Connecticut.

552 days ago
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WorldsToughestVegan    

Suing her is just a money grab. He's an adult and has the right to own whatever he wants, she couldn't do anything about it if she wanted too. No doubt in my mind the case against her will be thrown out

552 days ago
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sophie    

Overreaching! The guy is not a diagnozed mental case, he is 27 years old and you want to name his mother in your lawsuit because of her money! hmmm...
I'm sure this guy has some money and cars on his name or some trustfund why not just sue him? How can you sue a 27years old man's mother for letting him own a gun? Like she's the one giving out licenses... Smh

552 days ago
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LO    

He's an ADULT, the money grubbing victims need to hold the person who pulled the trigger accountable and quit trying to place irresponsible responsibilities on other.

551 days ago
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Smokeybee    

Good luck. He's 27 and his Mom can't stop him from owning a gun.

551 days ago
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princeton    

i never knew all those cute creatures i loved so much when i was a kid turn out to be pedophile and gangsta wanna be

551 days ago
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