The Masquerade nightclub in Underground Atlanta is the target of a negligent security lawsuit lodged over the death of a 21-year-old who was shot there.
Ewell Ynoa died while attending a concert on Nov. 12, 2017, where Stephen Goss, also known as “Cousin Stizz,” was performing. According to a lawsuit filed in DeKalb County State Court Friday, at about 9:30 p.m. that night, “a deranged, armed assailant entered one of the confined, crowded venues with a handgun, and shot four persons inside the concert, killing two people—including Ewell Ynoa.”
“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,” Parker Miller, a lawyer with the Beasley Allen Law Firm, said in a news release. “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.”
Defense counsel for Masquerade has not yet been named. A call to the corporate office was not immediately returned.
Miller said the lawsuit seeks to hold the defendants responsible for failing to put into place critical measures necessary to ensure the safety of Masquerade guests.
According to the complaint, the Masquerade is a large night club and live music venue located at Kenny’s Alley as part of the Underground Atlanta development. The Masquerade serves alcohol to its patrons and features three confined, indoor venues—called Heaven, Hell and Purgatory—each with a capacity ranging from 300 to 1,000 people.
The complaint claims that “recent, tragic, mass shooting events in nightclubs, schools, and other sensitive establishments across the world, resulting in thousands of needless deaths and which are known by the Defendants, clearly demonstrate the severity of risk posed if the Defendants fail to institute critical measures and security safeguards necessary to ensure the safety of Masquerade guests.”