A Nashville man who last March was shot twice inside a Gallatin Pike location of Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar filed suit Tuesday against the restaurant chain.
Lonnie Newsome still carries a bullet lodged in his groin from the incident, according to the lawsuit, and experiences pain and discomfort after long periods of walking or sitting.
His suit, which paints a hectic picture of a packed house for “students night,” claims the restaurant should pay because security guards were too busy checking IDs to provide security to patrons.
“Guards allowed an armed gunman to enter the restaurant and fire at least five shots in the restaurant … at least two of the shots hit the plaintiff,” the suit said, and once bullets started flying security guards started ducking instead of securing the restaurant.
Newsome is seeking a jury trial and $250,000 in compensatory damages including “medical expenses, pain and suffering and future medical bills.”
On March 3, 2009, Newsome and the unidentified shooter got into an argument after Newsome allegedly called the shooter’s female acquaintance “baby,” Metro police spokesman Don Aaron wrote in an email to The City Paper. A crowd gathered as the two argued and the unknown male pulled a gun and opened fire.
No charges were filed because neither Newsome nor anyone in the crowd identified the shooter, according to police.
The suit also claims that violence was the norm rather than the exception at the Madison eatery — citing 66 other incidents prior to that night, “some of which involved violence.”
But Aaron said over the past two years there have been 36 police responses to the Gallatin Pike Buffalo Wild Wings that resulted in reports being filed — more if you include false alarms, business checks and other calls. Of those 36, there were two domestic disturbance calls and three fights. The only shooting was the one involving Newsome, he said.
Newsome’s attorney Kathy Leslie said the suit’s allegation of 66 prior incidents was based on her research and information provided by Metro Police.
In a written statement, the restaurant’s corporate office said, "Buffalo Wild Wings takes the safety of its guests very seriously, though it is our policy not to comment on pending litigation."