Power Ultra Lounge Faces Lawsuit

Little Rock, Ark., nightclub Power Ultra Lounge and its manager, Herman Lewis, were sued Aug. 29 by one of the 28 people injured in a mass shooting early July 1 during a concert by Finese2Tymes.

Patrick Hardy, who claims he was shot in the arm and had to jump out of a second-story window to get away from the mayhem, is suing for “compensatory and punitive damages for negligence, deceptive and unconscionable trade practices, medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages resulting from the incident,” according to Courthouse News Service.

The suit also names building owner 6th and Center LLC.

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The entrance of the nightclub where police are investigating a shooting is cordoned off with police tape in Little Rock, Ark.

Hardy’s 15-page complaint explained that after gunshots went off mid-song during the concert, patrons fled toward the exits, clogging the single stairwell leading to the ground floor, as well as the fire escape. He claims that concertgoers were smashed “violently together in the desperate push toward safety.” Twenty-five people were shot and three were injured trying to get away from the scene.

Hardy’s attorney, Josh Gillispie, released a statement criticizing 6th & Center for allowing the club “to remain in operation despite 48 police incidents in just two years, including 10 violent crimes and multiple shooting incidents,” Courthouse News reported.

Following the July 1 incident, Power Ultra Lounge lost its liquor license and received an eviction notice. A phone number for the club has been disconnected.

Finese2Tymes, birth name Ricky Hampton, was arrested about 24 hours after the Power Ultra Lounge incident for outstanding charges of aggravated assaulted with a gun in regards to a case in Forrest City, Ark.

The rapper’s bodyguard, Kentrell Gwynn, was charged with 10 counts of aggravated assault in the Power Ultra Lounge case. The investigation into the case is ongoing.