Police are still searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting at The Dome Bar and Grill in Charleston early Sunday morning. Police say that shortly after 6 a.m., 32-year-old Joseph Lucas fired multiple gunshots at the bar, also known as the Gold Dome. 29-year-old Timothy Rush was shot multiple times and died from his injuries.
Lucas is wanted for first-degree murder. His last known address is in Cross Lanes and police say he is considered armed and dangerous.
The bar's license has been temporarily suspended by the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA). The suspension will last for 10 days, from September 30 to October 10 while the WVABCA investigated the circumstances surrounding the murder. According to police, the suspension may be extended or curtailed depending on what happens with the investigation.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents victims of shootings, stabbings, and other violent incidents in civil court. Here are some of his thoughts on bar owner liability for shootings and other violence:
Bar owners and all other property owners have a legal duty to keep their properties safe from preventable dangers that could lead to accidents, injuries, and deaths. Guarding against foreseeable violent crime is part of this legal duty. When a shooting or stabbing occurs at a bar or other business, it's important to determine if the bar owner met this legal duty. In some cases, bar shootings may have been prevented if it weren't for the negligence of the property owner.
Determining property owner negligence for violent crime is a complicated legal process which will require a careful investigation of the facts surrounding the crime. If you or someone you love was recently wounded or killed in a violent incident at a bar, nightclub, or another business, you can learn more about your family's legal options by speaking with an experienced crime victim attorney.