Shooting victim files suit against suspected attackers

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jul. 31, 2008, 5:23am

GALVESTON � A local man who was allegedly wounded in a shooting in Dickinson two years ago has filed suit against his suspected attackers in Galveston County District Court.

Bennie Scott accuses Wameeth Fadhli and Christina Carvelli of Houston and New Jersey resident Brandon Howard of having a hand in the July 2006 attack on him.

Scott claims each of the defendants' actions enabled the others' wrongdoing. He filed suit before the 212th District Court on July 24.

Court papers say Scott was shot in different parts of his body on the evening of July 25, 2006.

"On or about July 25, 2006, at approximately 7:15 p.m., near the corner of Avenue D and Deats Road in Dickinson, Texas, defendant Fadhli intentionally caused bodily injury to plaintiff Scott by shooting a 9mm pistol at Scott several times, twice striking Scott � once on the left side of Scott's back and once on Scott's right shoulder," they explain.

The lawsuit claims the firearm in Fadhli's alleged possession "had been sold to or borrowed from Howard." It also says Fadhli drove to the site of the incident in a Jeep Cherokee Laredo "that had been sold to or borrowed from Carvelli."

The plaintiff argues the Fadhli and Carvelli planned the shooting, which ultimately paralyzed Scott.

Various causes of action went against the trio including but not limited to assault and battery, negligence, and civil conspiracy.

"Fadhli acted with the special intent to cause substantial injury to Scott. Fadhli's Howard's, and Carvelli's actions, when viewed objectively from his or her standpoint at the time they occurred, involved a certain degree of risk to Scott, considering the magnitude of harm it would cause to Scott, and despite their actual awareness of the risk, Fadhli, Howard, and Carvelli proceeded with conscious indifference to the rights, safety, and welfare of Scott," the suit states.

Scott, who is represented by attorney Roger Jain of Houston, seeks exemplary damages in addition to economic and mental anguish damages. He has requested for a jury trial.

The case has been assigned to Judge Susan Criss.

Case No. 08CV0789

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