Stuard Baldonado Sues Duquesne

Duquesne is being sued by junior Stuard Baldonado for not taking appropriate action when he and four others were shot on Sept. 15, 2006, according to media sources.

The lawsuit, filed late Wednesday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, says university officials did not take action once they knew of potential criminal activity.

"Rather than alerting the campus police who were present inside the ballroom about (the frisking inquiry), or taking other similar reasonable steps, the doorman simply responded that they would not be frisked," and allowed the men to enter, the lawsuit states, according to the Associated Press. The court petition states that Baldonado has incurred significant medical expenses that are expected to continue and he has suffered loss of earning capacity. His attorney is Teresa Toriseva.

The AP states, "Baldonado is not seeking specific damages from the university."

Baldonado's injury was the second most serious. A bullet missed his spine by a fraction of an inch. The native of San Andres, Colombia remained in Mercy Hospital for five days after the shooting, three days after all injured except junior Sam Ashaolu whose injuries were life-threatening. Ashaolu's recovery has beaten the odds by a lot; he's even been cleared to return to the basketball court.

Stuard Baldonado, who suffered gunshot wounds to his left arm and back, was wheeled out of the hospital by Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart accompanied by his Aunt Ana Lucia on September 22, 2006

Baldonado did not compete this past season. He is eligible for a medical redshirt.

Sophomore Aaron Jackson was able to return to practice shortly after the shooting and played in all 29 games, starting 23, for the 10-19 Duquesne team. Jackson averaged 11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 3.8 apg while shooting 51.1 percent from the field. AJ had a 1.72 assist / turnover ratio while playing both guard positions.

Also recovered from the injuries are juniors Shawn James and Kojo Mensah, who missed this season per NCAA rules after transferring from Northeastern and Siena, respectively.


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