Suspect Arrested and Charged For Shooting at World Nightclub
Police in Charlotte arrested and charged a 23-year-old man in connection with a shooting that happened at World Nightclub in Charlotte last week. Jean Caldwell-Thompson was arrested on August 28 for the shooting that occurred on August 20. According to the police, a fight started inside the nightclub at around 1:49 a.m., between employees and several people who were with a stage performer’s group. An unnamed 26-year-old club employee was shot during the fight and brought to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Police believe the fight began when a club employee asked the performers to stop drinking from a liquor bottle, which is against state law.
Caldwell-Thompson has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was booked into Mecklenburg County Jail.
When Are Nightclub Owners Liable For Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney specializes in helping the victims of various types of crime find justice. Here is some of his perspective on business owner liability for shootings and stabbings:
Bars and nightclubs are intense environments and the consumption of large amounts of alcohol can sometimes lead to violence. The owners of these establishments have a legal duty to make sure their customers are safe. If a shooting or stabbing occurs at a bar or nightclub, there are some situations in which the victims could have grounds for a lawsuit against the property owner.
In order to have grounds for a lawsuit, victims and their lawyers must establish that negligence on the part of the bar or nightclub allowed the violent incident to occur. For example, a lack of adequate security may be considered negligent if better security could have prevented the incident.
Additionally, dram shop laws allow alcohol vendors to be held liable if they served alcohol to someone who was visibly intoxicated and that person injured someone else because they were intoxicated. These laws sometimes apply to bar fights and violence, along with drunk driving accidents.
Establishing liability for nightclub shootings is complicated and varies greatly depending on the specific circumstances of a particular case. If you or someone you love recently became the victim of violent crime in a nightclub, we advise discussing your legal options with an experienced crime victim lawyer.