OAKLAND – A man was shot in the face as he left Oracle Arena after watching the third game of the NBA 2018 finals, saying there was not enough safety and the lighting was bad on the Colosseum parking lot that night.
Alex Arcila and his brother, Rosendo Arcila, also claimed that there were not enough surveillance cameras to help the police catch the gunman, who has never been arrested.
The brothers attended a night of surveillance on June 6, 2018 at Oracle Arena to cheer on the Golden State Warriors as future champions beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland. As they were crossing Lot A around 9 pm, someone opened the passenger door and shot Alex Arcila in the face, according to the suit. Police at the time said that the shooter had tried to speak to the victim in advance.
The lawsuit filed on February 8 in the Alameda County Superior Court accuses the management of the Oakland Coliseum, Alameda County, for allowing the creation of a dangerous environment. by failing to monitor a large crowd, according to media reports, with about 8,000 people.
Lawyer Chris Dolan hopes the lawsuit will highlight the safety difference when the Warriors will play at home and when the arena will hold a vigil night.
"It's hardcore fans who have the opportunity to afford," Dolan said. "It's our belief and our concern. They skimped on security because these clients were not well paid and had only $ 300 per seat. These people deserve the same level of protection. "
The brothers sued, claiming that they had suffered physical, mental and emotional injuries.
Alex Arcila has lost all sense of smell and taste and is currently following speech therapy because "they basically blew part of his jaw," Dolan said. He was also shot in the shoulder and the suspect pointed the gun on his head and pulled the trigger a third time, said the lawyer. "If the gun had not blocked, it would be dead," Dolan said.
The defendants in the lawsuit are the city of Oakland and Alameda County, which are jointly owners of the Coliseum complex, and private companies that operate the facilities, the Anschutz Corporation, the AEG Corporation, AEG facilities and Landmark Event Staffing.
Authorities are still looking for the shooter. Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $ 10,000 as a reward for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information can call the police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.