And now, the lawsuits.............
Duquesne player shot at dance sues university
Thursday, April 26, 2007
One of five Duquesne University basketball players shot on campus last year has sued the school, alleging it failed to provide adequate security at a dance.
The lawsuit, filed yesterday in Allegheny County Court, says those in positions of authority did not take action once they knew of potential criminal activity. A doorman let two armed men into the dance even after their friend asked if the men would be frisked, according to the lawsuit.
"Rather than alerting the campus police who were present inside the ballroom about (the frisking inquiry), or taking other similar reasonable steps, the doorman simply responded that they would not be frisked," and allowed the men to enter, the lawsuit states.
The player who filed suit, Stuard Baldonado, was one of five shot early Sept. 17 as they walked back from the dance. Also wounded were Aaron Jackson, Shawn James, Kojo Mensah and Sam Ashaolu, who was shot twice in the head.
Baldonado, a junior transfer from Miami-Dade Community College in Florida, was shot in the arm. The bullet, according to the lawsuit, hit an artery and then continued through his chest, missing his spine by a centimeter.
Two alleged gunmen are awaiting trial in the shootings.