A 32-year-old man was fatally shot inside of Blarney Stone Tavern in Fells Point in the early hours of Friday, December 21. The shooting occurred shortly after midnight at the bar located on the 700 block of S. Broadway, in the heart of a popular nightlife district.
After arriving at the scene, officers found a 32-year-old man with gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead. Police are aware of a suspect, but no arrests have yet been made.
Police have asked anyone with information to contact homicide detectives at 410-396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.
Attorney contributor Aaron Blank represents victims of preventable violent crimes, helping them and their families find answers and support in civil lawsuits. Here are some thoughts from Aaron about bar owner liability for shootings and bar shooting lawsuits:
All property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises protected from foreseeable dangers, including violent crime. While not all violent crime is foreseeable, some incidents are preventable and only occur because the property owner failed to have adequate safety measures in place. In bar shooting cases, the bar owner may be considered liable if the shooting is determined to be reasonably foreseeable.
For example, shootings at bars with a previous history of violence may be considered reasonably foreseeable. If the bar owner failed to have proper safety measures (such as security guards and weapons searches) in place to reduce the risk of further violence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Have you or a loved one been injured or killed in a bar or nightclub shooting? Your family has options for justice in the legal system. Consider contacting an experienced crime victim attorney to learn more about your family’s legal rights.