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Lawyers hired to represent victims of Little Rock club mass shooting

More than a dozen victims of the July mass shooting at Little Rock's Power Ultra Lounge have retained counsel to represent them in possible litigation. (KATV photo)

More than a dozen victims of the July mass shooting at Little Rock's Power Ultra Lounge have retained counsel to represent them in possible litigation.

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.

Lawyers representing more than 15 of the victims said in a news release that according to public records, the downtown club was the source of more than three dozen civil and criminal complaints in the last four years. Power Ultra Lounge is technically zoned as a restaurant and not as a club or event center.

“The venue was clearly operating outside of the law for years and hired a performer with a 10-year history of run-ins with law enforcement. Yet, neither the club nor authorities provided security to patrons,” Attorney J.D. Hays, Jr., said. “This could have been prevented, but rather it took a mass shooting that left 28 injured to get someone’s attention.”

Attorneys said that despite the history of complaints against the venue, no action has been taken to close it down.

“Our investigations over the next several months will be taking a closer look into the actions of the City and how institutions like Power Ultra can be licensed to do one thing, but actually be operating as a completely different entity. We will keep the media apprised as our investigations continue,” Attorney Antonio Romanucci said.

Attorneys have not elaborated on details of any possible lawsuits.



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