Rappers Gucci Mane (right) and Foogiano (left) have been named in a wrongful death lawsuit over a fatal shooting during a concert at a South Carolina nightclub during the 4th of July weekend.
The administrator for the estate of Mykala Bell, a 23-year-old woman who was fatally shot during the concert, filed the lawsuit in Greenville County last week, editors at The Greenville News reported Monday.
According to legal papers, the mother of two was standing near the stage when gunfire broke out in the early hours of July 5 at Lavish Lounge where Foogiano was performing.
Security guard Clarence Sterling Johnson, 51, was also killed and eight others were injured in the melee.
Police charged a Georgia man Jarquez Kezavion Cooper, 22, in the shooting and said it appeared to be gang-related – but the new lawsuit alleges Foogiano, real name Kwame Brown, and his entourage were not patted down before they entered the club and were allowed inside with “deadly weapons”.
The lawsuit adds that Gucci, real name Radric Delantic Davis, was “believed to be” a promoter for the concert, though it did not say whether he was present at the time of the shooting.
Cooper is also named, as well as the club’s operating company, its owner and nearly a dozen other unspecified “owners, managers, operators, independent contractors, and/or security companies” accused of negligence for failing to provide adequate surveillance and security, and “permitting criminal activity,” among other allegations.
In a video posted to his Instagram feed shortly after the incident occurred, Foogiano, best known for hits “Molly (Baby Mama)” and “Finesser,” insisted the shooting, “ain’t my fault. I don’t promote violence.”
“I understand y’all in pain y’all hurting… but y’all just got to look to the situation,” he said in the clip. “I ain’t going to blame myself for something I didn’t cause.”