Casino sued for injuries sustained during robbery
The incident occurred at the Casino Queen in Illinois in 2017
In 2017, gunmen stormed the Casino Queen in East St. Louis, IL, firing their weapons and ultimately getting away with $10,000 in $100 bills. It took a while, but the three criminals were subsequently caught and are in various stages of the judicial process. While the casino would most likely prefer to put the entire incident in the rear view mirror, a new lawsuit filed last month by a casino patron is going to make that more difficult. The plaintiff is suing because the casino didn’t do enough to stop the robbery.
The suit was filed by Brenda McNeil and alleges that the casino should have done more “to protect its business invitees and other persons legally upon its premises … against unreasonable risks of physical harm including the criminal acts of third parties.” Security guards were on duty during the incident and one took a bullet in the gut, but has since recovered.
McNeill heard the shots while in the casino and tried to flee, ultimately attempting to scale a wall that was “blocking her exit.” That action resulted in her injuries, which reportedly have caused difficulty in walking.
Her injuries are described as having been inflicted on her back, left shoulder, arms, left hip, left knee and left foot, and causing disfigurement, disability, physical pain and mental anguish.
She adds that the Casino Queen’s executives should have known that gambling invites troublemakers and criminals and is suing for an unspecified amount of money. If inviting “troublemakers and criminals” was enough to warrant some type of overzealous armed security response, perhaps it’s time to see paramilitary soldiers guarding movie theaters and schools.