Man Shot Four Times, Critically Wounded at Revery: VR Bar
A man is in critical condition after being shot four times during an altercation at Revery: VR Bar on Saturday, March 16. 23-year-old Ezra Whitehead has undergone two surgeries and is still hospitalized at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center following the shooting.
Police say that there was a physical altercation near the bar which led to gunfire at around 2 a.m. Officers responded to reports of a shooting shortly after 2 a.m. and found Whitehead with multiple gunshot wounds. He was shot in the head, chest, stomach, and hip.
Whitehead’s brothers have set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his medical bills, as he does not have health insurance.
Police are still searching for the shooter and this case remains under investigation. Anyone with related information has been asked to contact Atlanta police or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477.
Are Bar Owners Liable For Shootings On Their Premises?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney is a former prosecutor who now represents crime victims in civil lawsuits. Here is some information from Brian regarding bar owner liability for shootings on their properties and the legal rights of bar shooting victims:
There are many responsibilities that go into owning a bar or nightclub, but the safety and security of the venue must be the top priority for all bar and nightclub owners. It’s crucial to make sure the property has reasonable security standards so that customers, employees, and other visitors to the property are protected from the threat of violent crime. But sometimes, inadequate security and other forms of property owner negligence allow shootings, stabbings, and other violence to occur.
In order for a bar owner to be considered liable for a shooting, the victim’s lawyer must show that the shooting was reasonably foreseeable and that it could have been prevented by better security standards. For instance, if the bar where the shooting occurred had a history of other violent incidents but no security measures were in place, such as hired security guards, the bar owner could be considered negligent and held liable for damages.
If you or a loved one has recently become a victim of a bar shooting, we understand how painful this time has been for you and your family. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking to one of our experienced crime victim attorneys in a free consultation.