Chico Police Arrest Suspect in Duffy’s Tavern Shooting
Police in Chico arrested a suspect in an early morning shooting outside of Duffy’s Tavern in downtown Chico on September 6. Police were called to the bar on the 300 block of Main Street at around 1 a.m. on reports of someone brandishing a gun. After arriving at the scene, officers said they heard several gunshots and people running.
One unnamed suspect was arrested for the shooting. Another person was wounded in the incident and brought to a local hospital. His injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
When Can Bar Owners Be Sued For Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents the victims of preventable violent crimes. We’ve asked him to add some thoughts on property owner liability for bar shootings, stabbings, and other violent incidents:
All property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises safe of preventable dangers. When one of these preventable dangers goes unattended and someone gets injured or dies as a result, the victim (or their family) may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner.
In bar shooting cases, we must ask if the bar owner was aware of a high risk of violence and if they took adequate steps to reduce the risk of violence on their property. If negligent security played a role in failing to prevent a violent crime, then the victims of that crime could have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar owner.
It should be noted that liability for bar shootings is a complicated legal concept. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a violent incident at a bar or nightclub and you’d like to learn more about your legal options, we advise speaking with an experienced crime victim lawyer.