Police in Manatee County are investigating a shooting that left two people wounded at Nahesha Bar and Lounge in the early hours of Saturday, August 18. Deputies believe the incident began at around 1:25 a.m. outside at Nahesha Bar and Lounge on 15th Street East. Security guards told officers that a bar fight led to the shooting.
After arriving on the scene, officers found 37-year-old Marlin Amaya-Castro with a gunshot wound to his lower leg. He was brought to a hospital. The second shooting victim, 29-year-old Guillermo Gonzalez had already left to the scene to go to the hospital. Both victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
No arrests have been made and no further information has been released related to this incident.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard has some thoughts to share on property owner liability for shootings and stabbings:
While many cases of violent crime are unpredictable, others are reasonably foreseeable and may have been preventable if a property owner had taken the proper precautions. For example, if a bar or nightclub has a history of violent incidents or is located in an area with high violent crime rates, that bar owner has a legal obligation to take measures to reduce the risk of crime - such as hiring security guards and subjecting customers to pat-downs for weapons.
When negligent or inadequate security is to blame for failing to prevent a bar shooting or stabbing, the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar owner. Making this evaluation is complicated and will require guidance from an experienced crime victim lawyer.