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Family of deceased man sues "ZombiCon" for $5 million

On Nov. 3, the family of a man who was shot at a Florida event known as "ZombiCon" reportedly filed a $5 million wrongful death claim against the group that organized the event and an associated security company. The lawsuit claimed that the security was not adequate to handle the 20,000 attendees at the event.

The lawsuit stated that more than 20,000 attendees wearing masks and costumes were at the Fort Myers event when gunfire erupted. A 20-year-old man was fatally shot at about 11:44 p.m. while five other individuals suffered injuries. The shooter reportedly has not been caught.

An attorney involved in the case stated that numerous attendees were waving weapons around, though it was not possible to know whether these weapons were real or not. However, at one of the weapons brought to the event turned out to be real. Authorities released a statement after the incident noting that the case was a "nightmare" for them as they were having trouble determining the real firearms from the fake ones. A video of the incident was released with the hope that someone would identify the potential gunman.

If a person is killed in an accident or incident that occurred at an event, the remaining family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the organizers or the company that was responsible for keeping attendees safe. An attorney may help the family demonstrate that the organization was not properly prepared to handle the safety of the attendees or allowed a situation in which someone could be killed. Damages that are often sought in such an action include funeral and burial expenses and other applicable amounts permitted by statute.

Source: NBC News, "Family of Man Killed at ZombiCon Event Files $5 Million Lawsuit", Phil Helsel, Nov. 3, 2015

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