Meek Mill Sued Over 2016 Concert Shooting

Rapper's lyrics and security scrutinized.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

In December 2016, two men were gunned down following a concert by Meek Mill. No arrests were made. The family of one of the men who died, 31-year-old Travis Ward, has filed a lawsuit against the rapper and concert promoters in Wallingford, Connecticut.

According to the Hartford Courant, the Oakdale Theatre and concert promoters didn't provide adequate security or take efforts to control the crowd even though other concerts by Meek ended in gun violence. "With song titles like 'Body Count' and 'Oh Kill' Em' [sic] that praise indiscriminate killing and mayhem, the potential for tragic incidents like this should have been properly anticipated and planned for by Meek Mill, his concert promoters and the Oakdale Theatre," attorney Joel Faxon said.

According to local reports, cops were called during an incident surrounding Meek Mill's show in Danbury and Wilmington, Delaware.

Ward was shot several times and died at the scene. Nathan Mitchell, who is also listed in the lawsuit, was shot once and survived. Overall, two died and two were wounded in the incident.

"The venue security was grossly understaffed and ill-equipped to deal with the hazardous environment presented by any Meek Mill concert," Faxon added. "A strong police presence was required. They were innocent bystanders who ended up in a war zone."

The lawsuit seeks more than $15,000 in damages.  

[Photo: Getty Images]



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