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 TMZ.com.
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.