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Meek Mill sued over 2016 concert shooting

The family of the deceased man has filed the lawsuit, citing Meek's lyrics.

Adrien Vargas // REVOLT

Meek Mill is being sued by the family of a man who was killed outside one of the rapper's concerts late last year.

According to the Hartford Courant, Travis Ward was fatally shot in the parking lot of the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Conn. on December 30, 2016. He had attended the concert with family members to celebrate his 31st birthday.

The lawsuit, which is filed against both Meek and the venue, is seeking more than $15,000 in damages. Citing both Meek's lyrics and a history of violence at his shows, it alleges that the theater and concert promoters did not provide enough security.

New Haven attorney Joel Faxon said on Tuesday (May 24), "With song titles like 'Body Count' and 'Oh Kill'Em' 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."

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

Ward did not have a weapon, was shot once in the right side and, according to Faxon, was not targeted.

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