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Friday, May 15, 2009
Report: Pacers staffer sues Tinsley

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An Indiana Pacers equipment manager has sued guard Jamaal Tinsley over a shooting that the suit contends left Joey Qatato with permanent impairment in both arms after he sustained gunshots in his elbows, the Indianapolis Star has reported.

Tinsley and several companions were targeted in a December 2007 shooting that wounded Qatato outside a downtown hotel. Tinsley wasn't injured.

Tinsley
Tinsley

Police said the shooting involved an assault rifle and followed a confrontation when Tinsley and his companions were leaving the "Cloud 9" club.

Tinsley's group had arrived at the club in three cars owned by the player -- a Mercedes, a Rolls Royce and a Dodge Charger.

Qatato was trapped in the back seat of the Rolls Royce as Tinsley and his cousin, Mitchell H. Smith, left the car for a hotel lobby, the lawsuit says, according to the Star. Only the car's driver could have disengaged the back seat's locks, the suit says.

Filed last week in Marion Superior Court, the suit names Tinsley and Smith and claims negligence, reckless misconduct, infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment, the report says.

The police have said a group of people gathered around the Rolls Royce and gave Tinsley a hard time about his cars and his earnings.

After Tinsley and his entourage left, they realized they were being followed by a gray Chrysler and a dark pickup truck, Thompson said.

Instead of going home, Tinsley's group pulled into the Conrad Hotel, a downtown luxury hotel, where the shooting began. Tinsley's Rolls Royce was struck by several bullets, and five bullet holes were found in the Charger, police said.

Police said the vehicles were struck by shots from a .223 assault rifle.

Tinsley, who remains on contract with the Pacers through next season, didn't play this season after the team was unable to trade him.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.