Shooting At Bar On Cowart Street Leaves 5 Wounded
Police were called to Coyote Jack’s bar on the 1400 block of Cowart Street in Chattanooga for reports of a shooting with several victims. Responding officers found several victims and shell casings scattered across the parking lot outside of the bar. All five shooting victims were brought to a nearby hospital either by a Hamilton County EMS ambulance or personal vehicles.
The following five individuals were wounded in the shooting:
- 32-year-old Kevin Parks
- 29-year-old Kandice Parks
- 25-year-old Keosha Strickland
- 21-year-old Shayla Yearby
- 22-year-old Austin Burns
All five victims are expected to survive. No further information has been released regarding a suspect in this shooting.
Second Shooting At Coyote Jacks In Less Than A Year
This is the second shooting to occur at Coyote Jacks within the past year. In December 2017, 22-year-old Sharone Porter was shot outside of the bar. According to an investigative report by News Channel 2 in Chattanooga, police have responded to 129 different complaints about the bar since January 2017. 19 of those 129 complaints were related to assault, eight were for shots fired, and four were to tell police that one or more people had been hit by a bullet. In the same report, Sharone’s sister Sharee James says she’s raised concerns about underage drinking and poor security at the bar to the Beer Board several times.
Who Is Liable For Shootings At Bars?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney would like to add some thoughts on liability in violent incidents at bars and nightclubs:
This case has raised questions of liability in local media coverage of the shooting. With an extensive history of violent incidents, many in the community blame Coyote Jack’s for allowing this incident to occur. In the previously mentioned report, the manager of the bar claims that the company who owns the parking lot is to blame.
Assigning liability is a complex legal process which requires a careful review of all evidence in the case. When a violent incident occurs at a bar, nightclub, or other public space, the property owner can sometimes be held liable for damages if victims decide to sue. In order to have grounds for a case, the victim’s lawyer must demonstrate that the property owner was aware of the risk of violence in the area but failed to take adequate precautions to prevent an act of violence from occurring.
If you’re curious about your legal options after you or a loved one was injured or killed in a shooting or stabbing, we suggest speaking with an experienced crime victim lawyer about your case.