HOUSTON – Texas Southern University faces legal action over a pair of on-campus shooting incidents last year, recent Harris County District Court records show.
Patrice Newsome is suing over the Aug. 25, 2015 death of Lakeytrick Quinn while Jordan Schott filed a lawsuit in response to getting shot on Oct. 6, 2015.
Both lawsuits state that TSU’s police officers wrote a letter to then-president John Rudley about campus safety and security on Aug. 21, 2014. Per the complaints, Rudley dismissed the officers’ concerns and denied requests for better training and equipment.
The suits accuse the historically black university in Houston’s Third Ward of not acting in response to a potential risk of harm.
Consequently, each complainant seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial. Newsome asserts a survival claim on behalf of the late Quinn.
Attorneys Joseph R. Little of The Little Law Firm in Houston and Taft L. Foley, II of The Foley Law Firm, also in Houston, are representing the plaintiffs.
Newsome’s lawsuit: Harris County 189th District Court Case No. 2016-76257
Schott’s lawsuit: Harris County 151st District Court Case No. 2016-76259