Bystander Killed, 3 Others Wounded in Fight Outside of IceBar
One man was killed and three other people were wounded during a shooting at the IceBar Lounge and Restaurant in Atlanta in the early hours of Wednesday, July 4. Clayton County Police say the incident began with a fight inside of the club and spilled outside before ending in gunfire. The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Curtis Lamar Wright of Jonesboro.
After arriving at the scene, officers found Wright’s body outside of the lounge. Investigators believe that Wright was a bystander and not involved in the altercation. In a news release following the incident, police said that they had not identified as a suspect.
The three injury victims all transported themselves to nearby hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
When Are Bar Owners Liable For Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has offered to add some thoughts on the legal options for victims of bar shootings, stabbings, and other violence at bars and other businesses:
When violence breaks out at a bar, nightclub, or another place of business, it’s important to determine if ownership was negligent in a way that enabled the violence to occur. Property owners all have a responsibility to keep their premises safe from preventable dangers, including foreseeable crime. Just as a bar owner is obligated to guard against slip and fall hazards, for example, they are also required to guard against preventable violent crime.
While not all bar shootings are foreseeable, some may have been prevented if ownership had taken the right precautionary measures. For example, bar owners could hire security guards and require guests to be searched for weapons before entering the bar. This is especially important in bars with a history of violence or ones that are located in high-crime areas.
Taking legal action may not be able to change the past, but it can help victims and their families get the support they need. Additionally, a lawsuit can help demand accountability from business owners who fail to keep their customers safe. If you or someone you love was wounded or killed during a violent incident at a bar or nightclub, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced crime victim attorney.