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Big Daddy’s Lounge & Club, where Aretavius Washington was shot and killed on June 29.

Police Arrest 3 Suspects in Big Daddy’s Nightclub Shooting

Albany police have arrested and charged three men in connection with a shooting that left 33-year-old Aretavius Washington dead outside of Big Daddy’s Lounge and Club on June 29.

32-year-old Jeff Bernard Cauley, Sr. was charged with felony murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and aggravated assault. The police say that Cauley was the shooter and that he was also hit by a bullet during a gunfire exchange outside of the club at around 3 a.m. on the 29th.

25-year-old Matthew Bridges has been charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

27-year-old Chris David has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

Investigators believe that the men got into a verbal altercation inside of the club. The fight eventually moved out into the street, where gunfire erupted. Aretavius Washington was pronounced dead at the scene.

Can Club Owners Be Held Liable For Shootings?

Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has experience helping the victims of preventable violent crime get the support they deserve. We’ve asked him to discuss property owner liability for violent incidents at nightclubs and bars:

Tens of thousands of Americans are killed by gun violence every year. When these incidents happen, the victim’s family is left to wonder what more could have been done to prevent their loved one’s death. Incidents that occur at businesses like bars and nightclubs often prompt the question of whether or not the business’ security standards were adequate.

In some cases, shootings at bars and nightclubs may have been prevented if the business had better security standards in place. Additionally, some violent incidents may be related to overserving alcohol to visibly intoxicated individuals. In either case, the bar could be held liable for damages if there is sufficient evidence that negligence played a substantial role in the incident.

If you or someone you love was wounded or killed in a bar or nightclub shooting, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with an experienced crime victim lawyer in a free consultation.

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About Jeff Gibson

Attorney Contributor:

Jeff Gibson is a partner at Wagner Reese, an Indiana-based law firm that practices in the areas of Dram Shop liability, negligent security, and in the representation of survivors of child and adult sexual abuse.

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