Victims Identified in Fatal GM Lounge Nightclub Shooting
The Birmingham Police Department has launched a homicide investigation after two men were shot and killed at GM Lounge in the early hours of Friday, January 25.
South Precinct police officers responded to the nightclub at 3813 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard North to investigate reports of a shooting at the venue. Upon arrival, officers found the first victim lying on the ground outside of the club and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. That victim has been identified as 29-year-old LaQuintin Deon Wright.
Officers were told that a second victim had been shot and transported to UAB Hospital for treatment by a private vehicle. Investigators later learned that the second victim had died from his gunshot wounds. That victim has been identified as 33-year-old JaGorren Jimmie Kelly.
According to investigators, a large crowd was leaving the nightclub after an altercation began inside. Shots were fired by multiple shooters outside of the club. No other injuries were reported in the shooting and no suspects are in custody.
Are Nightclub Owners Liable for Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps shooting victims and their families find justice in civil cases where the shooting was preventable. We’ve asked him to add some thoughts on bar and nightclub owner liability for shootings on their properties:
The safety of customers and employees needs to be the top priority for any nightclub owner. These business owners and all other types of property owners are legally obligated to make sure their properties are free of foreseeable dangers that could result in injuries, illnesses, or death. This includes foreseeable violent crime. When a shooting happens at a bar or nightclub, it’s important to determine if the property owner met this legal obligation to safety.
In some nightclub shooting cases, property owner negligence like inadequate security is partially to blame for failing to prevent the shooting. For example, a nightclub owner might be considered negligent if their club had a history of violent incidents but no safety improvements were made, such as hiring security guards or installing metal detectors. Cases that involve negligence may result in liability for the nightclub owner if the victims and their families decide to file a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a nightclub shooting, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to one of our experienced crime victim attorneys.