Bystander files suit in Fairbanks massage parlor shooting

Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A bystander hit by a bullet in a self-defense shooting at a massage parlor has filed suit against the business, its managers, and the estate of a man killed in the same incident.

Harold Parker, 48, was shot March 31 as he was trying to enter the business. He named massage parlor owner Bruno Bordonici, manager Ramiz Bordonici, and the estate of Brad Simanski in the suit.

Alaska State Troopers received a 911 call from the parlor shortly before 4 a.m. on March 31 reporting a confrontation with a prospective client. Less than a minute later, Fairbanks police received a report of a shooting at the parlor.

Paramedics found Simanski, 36, in the parking lot outside with gunshot wounds to the thigh, abdomen and arm. He died later that morning at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Parker, a bystander who did not know Simanski, had been shot in the abdomen during the incident but apparently did not immediately realize it. He was reportedly brought to the hospital for treatment by a friend more than an hour later.

A grand jury refused to indict the shooter, who was not named by troopers. The grand jury ruled the shooting was an act of self-defense.

The lawsuit names Ramiz Bordonici as the shooter.

According to the lawsuit, Parker was entering the parlor as Simanski and other patrons were being forcibly removed. Simanski, the complaint contends, re-entered the building to confront the management and was fatally shot by Ramiz Bordonici.

The suit claims Simanski was negligent for re-entering the building and that Bordonici and the parlor disregarded the safety of its customers.

Parker is seeking in excess of $50,000 in medical and associated damages from all the parties involved and another $50,000 in punitive damages from the Bordonicis and the massage parlor.

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