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Attorney files lawsuit against building owners, manager in Power Ultra Lounge shooting

28 people were injured in the early morning hours of July 1 when gunshots rang out inside the venue where Ricky Hampton, the rapper better known as Finesse 2Tymes, was performing. (KATV Photo)

A Little Rock attorney filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the building owners and the manager of the Power Ultra Lounge nightclub, where a mass shooting took place in July.

Twenty-eight people were injured in the early morning hours of July 1, when gunshots rang out inside the venue where Ricky Hampton, the rapper better known as Finesse 2Tymes, was performing.

The lawsuit filed by Josh Gillispie, who works with Green & Gillispie Attorneys at Law, claims 6th & Center LLC, the building owners, and Herman Lewis, the club manager, were negligent in letting the club operate despite 48 police incidents reported there in a two-year period. He also cites fault with letting Power Ultra Lounge run as a nightclub and concert venue without proper zoning and licensing.

"I think they knew that this dangerous and potentially illegal business/nightclub was operating in their building," said Gillispie, regarding the allegations against 6th & Center LLC. "They allowed it to happen in exchange for payments."

The 15-page lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, was filed on behalf of Patrick Hardy. Gillispie said Hardy was shot in the arm and had no other choice but to leap out of a second story window to avoid being shot again. Both the only stairwell and fire escape out of the concert venue were clogged with fleeing patrons.

“The defendants’ refusal to address repeated criminal activity and improve their security efforts led to 28 people being gunned down or otherwise injured and made to suffer physical, emotional, and financial trauma and loss," said Gillispie, in a press release.

Gillispie is suing for compensatory damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and lost wages resulting from the assault, and punitive damages.

The owners of 6th & Center LLC declined to comment on the lawsuit, claiming they were still consulting counsel. KATV reached out to Herman Lewis's attorney by phone, multiple times on Wednesday, but the phone calls were never returned.

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