Charity eventgoers in California may have heard about the young man who was fatally shot while attending a ZombiCon event on Oct. 17 in Fort Myers, Florida. Since the incident, the young man's family has decided to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the organizer and security company that were overseeing the event.
According to suit documents, which were filed on behalf of the 20-year-old victim's grandmother, the young man was killed during an eruption of gunfire shortly before midnight. The family is suing the event organizer as well as the company that was tasked with ensuring that the event was safe. The lawsuit is seeking $5 million in damages.
During the shooting, five other attendees were reportedly wounded, and authorities have yet to track down the attacker, who fired at least four times. The family's attorney said in a statement on Nov. 3 that over 20,000 people were attending the ZombiCon. They were wearing costumes and makeup, waving weapons around and drinking alcohol. The security was poor, and the personnel were not equipped or trained to handle a crowd like that, the attorney added.
The organizer and security company had not commented on the lawsuit as of Nov. 3. In addition to suing them, the family's attorney said that the city and Fort Myers Police Department may be included in the legal action. Since the shooting, the police department has released video footage of the incident with the hope that the public can help identify the assailant.
When an individual dies because of the negligence of a person or entity, the individual's family may want to speak with an attorney about the advisability of filing a wrongful death suit against at-fault party to recover the damages that they have sustained resulting from their loved one's death. This could allow them to recover funeral expenses and other amounts permitted by the applicable wrongful death statute.
Source: NBC News, "Family of Man Killed at ZombiCon Event Files $5 Million Lawsuit," Phil Helsel, Nov. 3, 2015