Two men and one woman were wounded in a shooting outside of Club Phoenix in Albany early Saturday morning. 42-year-old Joseph Davis was shot in the torso multiple times and passed away at Albany Medical Center on Monday. Two other unnamed victims, a 21-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, were treated and released at Albany Medical Center.
Police arrested 25-year-old Shaquille Owens shortly after the shooting and his charges are expected to be upgraded because of Davis’ death.
According to the police, Owens fired several shots from a handgun outside of the club at around 12:35 a.m., striking Davis in the torso several times. The other two victims were nearby during the shooting. The 21-year-old female suffered one gunshot wound to the leg. The 23-year-old male suffered a gunshot wound to the torso.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville represents the victims of violent crime and their families in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to add some general information on property owner liability for victims of shootings at a bar, stabbings, and other incidents of violent crime:
The owners of bars, nightclubs, and other businesses have a legal responsibility to make sure their properties are safe and that their customers are protected from the risk of violent crime. While not all violent crime is preventable, a strong safety plan can help greatly reduce the risk of incidents like shootings and stabbings. For example, nightclubs could protect against this risk by hiring security guards and requiring guests to be searched for weapons before entering the club.
When negligent security or another form of negligence is a factor in a shooting at a bar or nightclub, the property owner may be held liable by anyone who was injured in the incident, along with the families of those killed. If you or someone you love recently became the victim of violent crime at a place of business, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by discussing the case with an experienced crime victim attorney.