Bar Fight Spills into Parking Lot of Rustic Tavern, Results in Fatal Shooting
A bar fight at the Rustic Tavern in College Hill escalated into a fatal double shooting early Sunday morning, police say. Police believe that a fight between two groups of people started inside the bar and eventually spilled outside. At this point, one person pulled out a gun and fatally shot two of the people in the other group.
The victims have been identified as 28-year-old Steven Anderson Jr. and 29-year-old Nathaniel Davis. The suspect has not yet been arrested. Police say that they are reviewing a cell phone video of the incident taken by a bystander, which show the fight inside of the bar and the shooting outside of the bar.
Are Bar Owners Liable For Shootings on Their Premises?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps violent crime victims and their families find justice and financial support. We’ve asked him to add some input into the legal options available to bar shooting victims:
Owning property is a privilege and with that privilege comes a responsibility to keep the property safe from foreseeable dangers, including violent crime. While not all violent crime is foreseeable, sometimes incidents like bar shootings may have been prevented if there had been better security at the property. For example, the owners of bars with histories of violent incidents could hire security guards and start conducting weapons searches before customers enter the bar.
While holding the perpetrators of these crimes criminally responsible should be a top priority, violent crime victims and their families should also consider their options in civil court. In cases where inadequate security or another form of bar owner negligence played a role in a violent incident, these victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the owner of the bar.
If you or someone you love was wounded or killed during a violent incident at a bar, nightclub, or another business, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking with an experienced crime victim attorney.