International Business Times reported that just before 2 a.m on Thursday a shooting occurred at DejaVu night club on 343 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA. After shots were fired into the crowd people panicked and tried to exit the club. Police arrived at the scene and reported that 10 victims suffered from gunshot injuries.
All of the victims were hospitalized and are in stable condition. Police believe there may have been three gunmen involved in the shooting.
The Morning Call claims that this shooting was definitely not the first violent crime to happen at this popular club. In February of 2018, there was a shooting outside of the club that injured one man. And in March of 2016, there was a reported stabbing at the club.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents victims of night club shootings in civil lawsuits. Mr. Kent has shared his thoughts on the legal options open to these victims and their families.
Business owners have a legal obligation to keep their patrons as safe as possible from any foreseeable hazards. All commercial property owners must provide adequate security to prevent any reasonably foreseeable violent crimes from injuring their customers and employees. For example, if a nightclub has a history of criminal violence, then the owner is obligated to alter their safety measures appropriately in order to prevent more crime from occurring. This could mean hiring more security guards or establishing video surveillance.
Generally speaking, failure to provide adequate security to patrons could leave the property owner partially liable for the crime. However, a victim’s lawyer would need to prove that the nightclub owner was aware of previous violent crimes, and ignored their obligation to prevent future crimes from occurring. Essentially if a reasonably foreseeable shooting occurs at a nightclub due to inadequate security, then victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been a victim to a nightclub shooting, you can learn more about your legal options by reviewing your case with a gun crimes injury lawyer.