LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Three law offices have been hired to represent victims in the Power Ultra Lounge shooting.
Attorneys from Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Taylor A. King & Associates, P.A., and The Law Offices of Conrad J. Benedetto have been retained to represent over 15 victims of the mass shooting that took place in downtown Little Rock.
It happened in the early morning hours of July 1 at the popular downtown club where Memphis rapper ‘Finese2Tymes’ or Ricky Hampton was performing. 28 individuals were injured during a shooting. Since the incident, Hampton was placed under arrest and has been ordered to remain detained until trial.
According to public records, Power Ultra Lounge was the source of dozens of civil and criminal complaints which local and state authorities responded to during a four-year time period. The club was on a property zoned for a restaurant – not a club or concert venue.
“The venue was clearly operating outside of the law for years and hired a performer with a 10-year history of run-ins with law enforcement. Yet, neither the club nor authorities provided security to patrons,” said J.D. Hays, Jr., Attorney at Taylor A. King & Associates, P.A. “This could have been prevented, but rather it took a mass shooting that left 28 injured to get someone’s attention.”
“Despite all the complaints and warnings, city officials never exercised any authority to sanction or close down Power Ultra,” added Antonio M. Romanucci, Principal and Partner at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC. “Our investigations over the next several months will be taking a closer look into the actions of the City and how institutions like Power Ultra can be licensed to do one thing, but actually be operating as a completely different entity. We will keep the media apprised as our investigations continue.”
Hampton's bodyguard, Kentrell G. Gwynn was the first person to be charged in connection with the shooting.