Mr. J’s Lounge Murder Suspect Turns Himself In
A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting at Mr. J’s Lounge on December 23 has turned himself in to authorities in St. Helena Parish. 33-year-old Jerome Ricks surrendered to police on Christmas Day and will be transferred to the Tangipahoa Parish jail.
Ricks was wanted on a warrant for second-degree murder. Police believe he is responsible for the fatal shooting of 50-year-old Anthony Davis Sr. at Mr. J’s, shortly before midnight on December 23.
According to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Davis and Ricks got into a fight. During that fight, Ricks allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot Davis before fleeing the lounge. Davis died at the scene.
When Are Bar Owners Considered Liable For Shootings?
After many years as a prosecutor in criminal courts, attorney Brian Kent now represents crime victims and their families directly in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to share some thoughts on the legal options available to bar shooting victims and their families:
The owners of bars, nightclubs, and all other properties have a legal duty to keep their properties safe from preventable dangers, including reasonably foreseeable violent crime. When a shooting or stabbing incident happens at a bar or nightclub, it’s critical to get the victims the assistance they need and to arrest and prosecute the offender. In addition, it’s important to determine if the property owner is partially responsible for failing to meet their legal obligation to safety.
In cases where a shooting is determined to have been reasonably foreseeable, the property owner may be held liable if their negligence allowed the shooting to occur – such as inadequate security. In such cases, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been wounded or killed in a shooting at a bar or nightclub, you can find justice for your family. Consider speaking to one of our experienced crime victim attorneys to learn more about your legal options.