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Conn. Nightclub Sued Over Woman’s Shooting Death

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File photo of police tape. (Credit: Eliot Schechter/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A West Haven woman has sued the nightclub where her daughter was fatally shot last year, claiming its negligence was at least partly to blame.

Celeste Robins Fulcher accuses Funn House Productions, owner of Key Club Cabaret in New Haven, of allowing the shooting suspect to remain in the club after he was disorderly and disruptive. She’s seeking monetary damages of more than $15,000.

Fulcher’s daughter, 26-year-old Erika Robinson of West Haven, was shot and killed Oct. 26 inside the club. Five others were injured.

Adrian Bennett has been charged with one count of murder and other charges.

Benjamin Proto, the club’s lawyer, said Tuesday that the club and its customers were protected by eight security guards, surveillance cameras and a police officer stationed outside. “We believe they were more than adequate,” he said.

Bennett was captured because of the surveillance video, Proto said. He was arrested in Hartford on Nov. 12, more than two weeks after the shooting.

Proto questioned why Bennett isn’t being sued.

Michael Dolan, the lawyer representing Fulcher, said Funn House Productions and Key Club “are responsible for protecting individuals on their property.”

Security at the club was insufficient, Dolan said.

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