Police Arrest Suspect in Austell Bar Shooting
Police in Cobb County have arrested the suspect in a shooting outside of a bar on Austell Road Friday morning, September 28. 38-year-old Gavin Persaud was critically wounded after being shot in the abdomen outside The Sports Grill in Brookwood Square at around 2 a.m. this morning. He was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Responding officers were given a description of the suspect and his vehicle, which was shared with nearby police agencies. Powder Springs police spotted a vehicle matching the description today, pulled it over at the Waffle House on the 4000 block of Marietta Street, and arrested the driver.
25-year-old Yeshvak Williams, of Dallas, has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting. He remains at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center without bond.
When Can Bar Owners Be Held Liable For Violence?
In some cases, the victims of shootings, stabbings, and other violent incidents at bars and nightclubs may have grounds for a lawsuit against the property owner. We’ve asked attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney to add some more information on property owner liability for violent crime:
Safety and security are some of the most important aspects of being a responsible business owner. All types of property owners, including bar and nightclub owners, are required to keep their properties free of dangerous conditions which could lead to preventable injuries and deaths. This includes protecting against the risk of foreseeable violent crime.
Not all violent incidents are foreseeable, but many are preventable and only occur due to negligence on the part of a property owner. In cases where negligent or inadequate security was partially to blame for failing to prevent a violent crime, the victims of that crime (or their families) may have the option to file a lawsuit against the property owner.
Assigning property owner liability after a shooting or stabbing is a complicated process which will require the expertise of an experienced crime victim attorney. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking with one of our crime victim attorneys in a free consultation.