According to Fox 32 Chicago, a shooting occurred at Portage Park's Vera Lounge located at 3235 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60634.
It was at 2:30 a.m. A fight broke out in the bar during a party for the niece of the bar's owner. Three people were killed, and another person was critically wounded in a shooting. Sources say that the shooter stood over the victims and continued to shoot before fleeing in a dark-colored SUV.
Police have taken one suspect into custody but are continuing to investigate the incident.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents victims of gun violence and their families in Illinois. Brian helps clients get compensation for injuries and damages if shot in a bar. During a recent discussion, he highlighted when a bar could be held accountable for a bar shooting death.
"Bars and lounges are required to keep their property, including parking lots, reasonably safe for patrons and employees. What needs to be done to make facilities safe depends on various issues but usually includes hiring trained security guards, having adequate lighting, and installing working security cameras. If a bar owner fails to keep their establishment reasonably safe, they can be held responsible for injuries or deaths on their property."
"Bar owners can be held responsible for bar shootings for many reasons. Failing to provide adequate security, failing to diffuse an argument as it starts, or knowing and allowing those with violent tendencies to patronize the bar could all increase the risk of danger at the bar. If the owner was aware of prior violent incidents on the premises but failed to increase their security, they could be deemed liable. Victims or their loved ones can file a lawsuit for compensation in the event of bar security negligence. Victims or their families should speak with a gun violence attorney to determine if a civil lawsuit is the best option."