Pool hall sued over death

first_imgPALMDALE – The parents of a 16-year-old Lancaster boy who was shot and killed while playing pool with family and friends have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the pool hall and the suspect. Alfredo Briano was shot Aug. 12, 2005, at Vaughn’s Billiards in the 2000 block of East Palmdale Boulevard after he and his companions were confronted by suspected gang members who walked into the pool hall. “This was a place that had a restriction on minors being in the place, and the victim was allowed in. They do let minors in on some days. This was not one of those days,” said Joseph Lovretovich, attorney for Briano’s parents. “My kid was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” The lawsuit names as defendants Vaughn’s Billiards and suspect Joseph Armondo Bonilla. A gun believed to have been used in the slaying was found in weeds on a dirt road behind an apartment building, along the route the pursuit followed. The lawsuit said Vaughn’s “did not provide any security at their pool hall, despite their personal knowledge of gang activity, violence, shooting and other similar criminal activity occurring on the premises of the pool hall.” [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bonilla was among four teenagers and two men who were charged in Briano’s slaying. They have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial on murder charges. Officials at Vaughn’s had not seen the lawsuit and declined Friday to comment. Sheriff’s detectives said Briano and his companions had been playing pool and minding their own business when a group of six men and two women walked into the pool hall and challenged them about their gang association. The boy and the others denied being gang members, investigators said. A fight broke out, and one of the assailants pulled out a gun and shot the boy. After the shooting, witnesses told deputies, as many as five people got into a black sport utility vehicle and sped off. Deputies spotted an SUV matching the description and chased it until it stopped near Avenue Q and 4th Street East. last_img read more