Shooting Victim Files Lawsuit Against Self Storage Company

Posted at 10:51 PM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 23:51:15-04

An Antioch man who was shot five times and survived, has fought back in hopes of forcing a change at the place where he almost lost his life.

A man, who asked to only be identified as J.K., said on May 24 he went to his storage unit at Cube Smart Self Storage on Murfreesboro Pike for a recording session.  Once inside, he said four unidentified men stormed into the unit and shot him multiple times.  He called 911, drove to a nearby gas station, and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

“I remember the left side of my face on the concrete floor,” the victim recalled.  “I could feel the wetness of the blood.  I just kept telling myself, I’m not going to die here.”

J.K. had five gunshot wounds in his chest, stomach and back.  He still struggles to walk and said he is in immense pain.

“I’m extremely grateful to be alive,” he said.

When he returned to the storage facility to pay his monthly bill, he learned he had been evicted and had 10 days to remove all his property from the facility.

“How can I move in this condition?” he asked.   “I can’t lift anything over five pounds.”

J.K. said the eviction was the final straw, and now he’s filing a lawsuit against the company claiming there was insufficient security measures in place at the facility.

“The alley, for lack of a better term, where the unit is, is dark,” said Roland Mumford, the attorney who filed the lawsuit.  “The front gate is only five feet high and security cameras weren’t working.”

“It absolutely could have been prevented,” added J.K.  “I don’t want someone else to experience what I went through.”

A company spokesperson for Cube Smart Self Storage said due to pending litigation, they had no comment on the situation.

Metro police said no arrests have been made in the case, but the investigation continues.  If you have any information, you can call crime stoppers at 74-CRIME.