Atlanta Police Investigate Shooting at Buckhead Nightclub
A man who Atlanta police believe was an innocent bystander was killed during a shooting at a nightclub in Buckhead early Friday morning. Police say that a 36-year-old man, who has not yet been named, was shot and killed at the Buckhead Loft on the 2100 block of Tula Street in Buckhead.
The incident apparently began after a large group got into a fight at the club. According to the police, the shooters went outside to retrieve guns from their car, returned to the club, and began firing shots when a bullet struck and killed the victim. Homicide detectives believe that one or two shooters fired at least five shots, and likely more.
Detectives are still interviewing witnesses and searching for surveillance video. Police have said that as of now, they do not have a good description of the shooter or shooters.
Are Nightclub Owners Liable For Shootings and Violence?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps the victims of violent crime recover the financial compensation they deserve by holding negligent property owners accountable:
Nightclub owners have a legal responsibility to make sure that they have adequate security and that guests are kept reasonably safe from the risk of violent crime. There are several common security measures that can help keep guests safe, such as hiring security guards, conducting weapons searches, or scanning patrons with metal detectors. However, sometimes shootings, stabbings, and other violent incidents occur because of negligent security.
When innocent victims are wounded or killed in preventable violent incidents, the victims and their families have legal rights. In cases of inadequate security and other forms of negligence, these victims and families may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner. If you or a loved one has recently become the victim of violent crime at a bar or nightclub, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced crime victim attorney.