Parents sue Oakland hot dog shop in son’s shooting death

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The parents of a man killed outside the Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland last summer filed a lawsuit against the restaurant Wednesday, alleging that its owners failed to provide a safe environment for patrons.

James P. and Denise L. Sheridan of Brookline filed the complaint, including claims for wrongful death and negligence stemming from the shooting death of their son, Zachary, 24, on Aug. 3.

About 3 a.m. that day, Zachary Sheridan and his friends went to the O for food, and following an altercation with others there, he was shot and killed on the street outside.

“The Original’s management’s decision to operate its restaurant without any security personnel was an outrageous, reckless and callous act, in disregard for the safety of its patrons,” the lawsuit said.

The Sheridans claim in their complaint that the O previously employed two off-duty Pittsburgh police officers to provide security on weekend nights, but attempted in 2012 to reduce that to just one.

When the owners were told by the city it would not be safe, they eliminated the officers altogether, the lawsuit said.

An attorney who represents the shop could not be reached for comment.

 


Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com.


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