Family of Man Murdered Near Dolphin Nightclub Sues City, Club Owner

Smoler Law Office filed suit on behalf of a decedent’s minor child, in the recent Dolphin nightclub shooting that occurred March 16, 2015.  A complaint was filed alleging causes of action against Dolphin Nightclub and the City of Chicago. Deonta Jackson, plaintiff’s decedent, was 35 years old.

Family of Man Murdered Near Dolphin Nightclub Sues City, Club Owner

By: Paul Biasco

BUCKTOWN—The family of a 35-year-old man who was killed outside the Dolphin nightclub last month filed a lawsuit against the city and club Monday.

The family of Deonta Jackson claims the city ignored. Ald. Scott Waguespack’s (32nd) repeated requests to close Dolphin ahead of the shooting, which left Jackson and another man dead.

Despite Waguespack’s requests, the lawsuit says, the club remained open.

Because of this, the suit claims the city was negligent and caused an unreasonable dangerous situation.

“Alderman Waguespack made numerous requests for [Green Dolphin Street’s] late-night license to be revoked, “ said Robert J. Smoler, Jackson’s attorney. “A tragedy like this could have been prevented had the City honored those requests.”

The shooting March 16 occurred after a fight inside Dolphin, at 2200 N. Ashland Ave., spilled out into the street just after 3 a.m.

The group involved in the fight was sitting outside the club when a gunman opened fire, leaving Jackson and 41-year-old Elijah Moore dead, Chicago Police have said. A third person was wounded.

The shooting remains under investigation and there are no suspects in custody.

Luneisha Wade, the mother of Jackson’s daughter, filed the five-count complaint Monday against the city of Chicago, the Green Dolphin and the club’s owner, Sam Menetti.

Menetti could not be reached for comment.

Wade currently lives in Kentucky with Jackson’s 11-year-old daughter and is originally from Chicago, according to her attorney.

The suit alleges wrongful death and seeks more than $250,000 in damages.

Jackson was pushed toward the north exit doors of the nightclub and while he was being pushed, the gunman approached Jackson and shot him dead, according to the lawsuit.

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