Meek Mill and a Wallingford, Connecticut theater are being sued for undisclosed damages in a fatal shooting outside the venue following the rapper’s concert there about six months ago.
New Haven residents Travis Ward, 31, and Jaquan Graves, 20, died in the wake of the December 30, 2016 shooting outside the Toyota Oakdale Theatre. The incident left two others injured, including 25-year-old Hartford resident Nathan Mitchell.
Lawyers for Ward’s family and Mitchell filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Waterbury Superior Court accusing the theater (which is owned by Live Nation Entertainment) and the Philadelphia-born rapper, 30, of negligence and misconduct in what they call inadequate security measures ahead of the show.
Police have not arrested any suspects in the fatal shooting, according to the Hartford Courant.
‘With song titles like “Body Count” and “Oh Kill’em” that praise indiscriminate killing and mayhem, the potential for tragic incidents like this should have been properly anticipated and planned for by Meek Mill, his concert promoters and the Oakdale Theatre,’ a lawyer for the families, Joel Faxon, said in his filing.
Faxon said that the venue was ‘grossly understaffed’ for the December 30 concert, and subsequent efforts to beef up security at the venue came ‘far too late for’ Travis Ward.