A man injured in a January shooting outside a Gardens Miami restaurant while filming a video for rapper French Montana has filed a lawsuit.
Carlos Wilkerson Jr., the director of the video that family members said was set to be filmed outside The Licking on Jan. 5, filed a lawsuit Monday in Miami-Dade County Court against the rapper — real name Karim Kharbouch — as well as the restaurant, plaza where the filming took place, and recorded by Cook Boys Records in Montana.
“I think the fact that no one owns up to what happened hurts,” her mother, Shanta Bonios, said Tuesday. “Most people have moved on in their lives since this happened. But we haven’t.”
After filming, French Montana tweeted that he was in Miami to celebrate the release of his CB6 mixtape with his friends at a local restaurant.
“Unfortunately, we were in the wrong place at the wrong time when an accident occurred and affected people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” the rapper wrote on Twitter.
Victims’ lawyers spoke to the rapper, saying he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
In the lawsuit, Wilkerson claimed that “Montana’s failure to obtain the necessary permits required by the City of Miami Gardens prior to engaging in production of the music video, which would have ensured proper police presence and safety” was a factor in the incident. place.
“It’s no secret that when you take shortcuts, people get hurt and their lives change forever,” attorney Marwan Porter told a news conference. “They didn’t take the basic steps to make sure the filming would go smoothly and safely,” he added.
According to police, the City of Miami Gardens requires a permit for events such as the music video held at The Licking.
He also alleged that the restaurant, located on the 17,600 block of Northwest 27th Avenue, “failed to provide adequate security” and did not ask the record company or Montana to do so.
The suit calls for a jury trial in the case.
“French Montana and The Lake have concocted a recipe for disaster,” Porter said.
Monica Gayle, the landlord at Giles Plaza, told NBC6 that the lease would require any tenant to obtain written consent for such a thing. She said she received no notice until she saw it on the news. Gayle told NBC 6 that she wasn’t responsible because she didn’t know, but said she plans to hire a lawyer.
Attorney Josiah Graham represents Carl Lyon, who was also wounded in the shooting. He said he had filed a similar complaint against the same entities.
A 23-year-old student is still fighting for his life after he was shot while working on a music video shoot outside The Licking in Miami Gardens. NBC 6’s Nico Clemons reports
Police said 10 people were shot dead that night, including Wilkerson. Miami Gardens police say the altercation began in a different location and ultimately ended at the restaurant where the shooting took place.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue reported that of the 10 injured, four were taken to the hospital and six were transported by road and air.
His parents said Wilkerson was placed on a ventilator after the shooting and suffered catastrophic damage to his spine and was paralyzed from the waist down. They had to move temporarily to Miami and don’t plan to leave until they took their son back to Louisiana.
“We have confidence and we think he’s going to be okay because he’s strong,” his mom, Shanta Bonios, told NBC 6 in January.
“He’s fighting and pushing, he’s got the strength but he’s going to need a lot of help,” said Father Clarence Bonius.
No arrests have been made by the police in the case and the incident is still under investigation as police are seeking more information.