Butler County police arrested and charged one man with attempted criminal homicide after a shooting left another in critical condition early Sunday morning. Police say the shooting took place at Millerstown Inn on South Main Street in Chicora at around 1:43 a.m. on September 2nd. 56-year-old Gary Ellenberger was arrested for the shooting, which wounded one victim, 27-year-old Heath Schrecengost. Police say that Ellenberger opened fire inside of the bar and hit Schrecengost once in the torso.
Schrecengost is currently in the hospital in critical condition.
Brian Kent, a shooting victim lawyer, represents those who have been injured in preventable violent incidents. Here are some of his thoughts on legal recourse for violent crime victims:
In the aftermath of a shooting or stabbing at a bar or nightclub, victims and their families face many struggles. For many, seeing the perpetrator brought to justice may offer a sense of solace during a difficult time. Many victims and families also may be curious about what more could have been done to prevent the violence that injured them or killed a loved one.
Bar owners have a legal obligation to keep their premises safe from foreseeable dangers, which sometimes includes violent crime. While some violent incidents are entirely unpredictable, others may have been preventable by better security measures. Additionally, sometimes customers are served too much alcohol and end up injuring others because they were overly intoxicated.
When a bar’s negligence plays a role in enabling a violent crime to occur, the victims of that crime may have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar. Determining if a bar can be held liable will depend on the circumstances of a particular case. Crime victims and families who wish to learn more about their legal options should discuss their case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.