Eight plaintiffs in Western Psych shootings to share settlement

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Eight plaintiffs who have lawsuits pending against the estate of John Shick, the man who opened fire at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Oakland two years ago, will share a settlement from his renter's insurance company.

The $500,000 policy through State Farm will be divided among the parties based on the findings of an arbitrator. The arbitrator. who must be chosen by Monday, will be responsible for setting the values for each plaintiff. The values will cover only compensatory damages, not punitive.

A hearing is set for Friday before Common Pleas Judge R. Staton Wettick Jr. for approval, but Judge Lawrence O'Toole, who is presiding over matters in orphan's court, must sign off on the agreement, as well.

The settlement does not affect ongoing complaints against other defendants, including UPMC and Shick's parents.

Shick, who had a lengthy history of mental illness, entered Western Psych on March 8, 2012, and opened fire. One person was killed and several others injured before Shick was shot and killed by University of Pittsburgh police officers.

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