Authorities in Channelview are still searching for a man charged in the fatal shooting of a woman outside of V Lounge on the 17000 block of Market Street on Saturday, September 1. Officers were called to the scene at around 2 a.m. and found 29-year-old Edna McWhorter outside of the club.
According to investigators, 38-year-old Jerry Wayne Greer shot and killed McWhorter during an argument in the parking lot of the nightclub. After shooting McWhorter, Greer fled the scene in a black Ford Mustang.
People close to the victim have told police that the two had personal issues with each other.
Greer has been charged with murder and domestic assault but has not yet been found and arrested.
Attorney Marc Lenahan would like to add some general information on bar owner liability for shootings in bars and nightclubs:
In any shooting or stabbing case, the top priority is always finding and prosecuting the perpetrator. While seeing the perpetrator brought to justice can help bring relief to victims and their families, the criminal justice system doesn't always adequately address the needs of victims and the loved ones of those victims who are killed in violent incidents.
When these incidents occur at bars and nightclubs, we should also ask if the establishment was at fault for failing to prevent the crime due to negligence. In some cases, inadequate security or another form of negligence is partially to blame for violent incidents.
Determining if a bar owner is liable for a violent incident is a complicated process. If you're curious about your family's legal rights after you or a loved one was wounded or killed in a shooting at a bar or nightclub, we advise discussing your case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.