'Barney' Creator Sued by Man Who Was Allegedly Shot by Her Son TMZ

Eric Shanks is suing the creator of "Barney," alleging that she was negligent for allowing her 27-year-old son to own a gun, reports

Patrick Leach, the son of "Barney" creator Sheryl Leach, was arrested in January for allegedly shooting Shanks in Malibu.

“Shanks -- who was struck in the chest -- is suing Patrick for assault and battery,” the piece reports. “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).”

Patrick Leach has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, the report notes.