Shooting at East St. Louis nightclub results in suit

Kelly Holleran Jan. 5, 2012, 1:00am

Langdon and Emison

An East St. Louis man claims he sustained kidney injuries after he was shot at an East St. Louis night club.

Shawn Binford filed a lawsuit Dec. 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Odessa McCall doing business as Four Corners Lounge, Don McCall and Isaiah Sanders.

In his complaint, Binford alleges he visited Four Corners on Feb. 4, 2011, when an altercation involving guns developed in the early morning hours of Feb. 5. Although Binford was not involved in the fight, he was shot twice in the mid-back and once in the upper left buttock from stray bullets, according to the complaint.

One of the bullets lacerated Binford's kidney, causing him to develop blood in his urine and to sustain a small bowel injury, the suit states. In addition, Binford incurred medical costs, the complaint says.

Before the incident involving Binford, multiple shootings had occurred in and around Four Corners. During at least four of the shootings, four people were killed.

Because of the danger of the area, Four Corners should have provided adequate security, should have adequately trained security guards, should have prevented the incident and negligently maintained the hand-held metal detector, Binford alleges.

Don McCall, who managed Four Corners, failed to provide adequate security training to his guards, failed to implement policies to keep its patrons safe, failed to supervise its employees' conduct, failed to hire competent security guards and failed to develop adequate security procedures, according to the complaint.

Isaiah Sanders, who was a security guard for Four Corners, failed to utilize the metal detector, failed to detect that someone had brought a gun on the premises, failed to intervene in the attack after it had started, failed to maintain the metal detector, failed to wand all patrons before they entered the night club and failed to check patrons for weapons, the suit states.

In his three-count complaint, Binford seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus pre-judgment interest and costs.

Mark Emison of Langdon and Emison of Lexington, Mo. will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-689.

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