NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans woman is suing a teen dance club on behalf of her daughter after she was allegedly shot at one of the club's special events.
Shawanne Cryer, individually and on behalf of her minor child, filed suit against Club Whatever LLC, CMMG, Andrew Honeycutt and Gus Vennis in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on April 26.
The plaintiff states that her daughter was invited to an event for teens at Club Whatever on April 26, 2014. Cryer alleges that after a fight was broken up inside the club, several individuals were escorted out, but the event was allowed to continue. Moments later Cryer contends the event was ended due to a fight occurring outside the premises, and as guests exited the establishment her daughter, along with several others, was allegedly injured by the gunfire of several unknown assailants.
The defendant is accused of having very few security personnel duty inside the bar and no paid police detail to accommodate the large crowd at the event. The club is also accused of failing to contact the police or other law enforcement following the fight inside the club.
The plaintiff seeks an unspecified in damages for emotional distress and anxiety due to the defendant's negligence as well as damages for the injuries sustained by her minor child.
The plaintiff is represented by Patrick H. Hufft of New Orleans-based Hufft & Hufft APLC.
This case has been assigned to Div. B Judge Regina H. Woods.
Case no. 2015-03964.