Lawyers from Beasley Allen have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of 21-year-old Ewell Ynoa, who was shot and killed the night of Nov. 12, 2017, while attending a concert at the Masquerade, a night club and live music venue located in the Underground Atlanta development. Defendants are the Masquerade Inc., along with a number of other defendants that owned, operated or were responsible for the promotion, supervision, security, oversight, management and safety of the public at the Masquerade venue and concert event where this shooting took place.
“This was a tragic situation that shook the City of Atlanta, adding to a long line of senseless shooting deaths that our country is becoming numb to,” said Parker Miller, a lawyer with the Beasley Allen Law Firm in Atlanta. “It is heartbreaking that two young people were killed and others were severely injured in an act that was certainly preventable. We are filing this lawsuit because this family deserves justice, and it is time those in a position to profit from events held in confined venues such as the one in question are held accountable so their first priority is the security of their guests.”
On the night Mr. Ynoa was killed, he was attending a concert by music entertainer Stephen Goss, who performs as “Cousin Stizz.” A deranged individual entered the Masquerade venue carrying a firearm. At approximately 9:30 p.m. EST, the gunman fired numerous shots into the crowd, striking Mr. Ynoa and three others. Mr. Ynoa died as a result of catastrophic injuries sustained in the shooting.
The lawsuit seeks to hold the defendants responsible for failing to put into place the common sense, yet critical, measures necessary to ensure the safety of Masquerade guests.
The complaint has been filed in the State Court of DeKalb County, case no. 18A69571.