Police Investigate Double Shooting at East Side Strip Club
The Cleveland Police Department is investigating a double shooting that left two people wounded outside an east side strip club early Friday morning, January 11.
Officers responded to reports of a shooting at the Alibi Inn on Rockwell Avenue shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Friday. Upon arrival, they discovered one person who had been shot in the foot and another who had been shot in the leg. Both were brought to local hospitals and listed in stable condition.
Detectives discovered between 15 and 20 shell casings in the street outside of the strip club.
Police have not released any information regarding possible suspects.
Other Shootings at the Alibi Inn
This Friday’s incident is the second time gunshots have been fired at the Alibi Inn.
In March 2016, Cleveland Police were called to the strip club and found 55-year-old James Hennings inside of the club with a gunshot wound to the leg. Hennings passed away at MetroHealth Medical Center the day after the shooting.
In March 2018, a large fight inside of the Alibi Inn eventually escalated into gunfire. However, no one was struck by a bullet in this incident.
Are Strip Club Owners Liable for Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents victims of preventable shootings in civil court. We’ve asked him to share some input concerning bar and nightclub owner liability for shootings on their properties:
The owners of bars, nightclubs, strip clubs, and all other types of businesses have a legal obligation to make sure their customers and employees are safe from reasonably foreseeable dangers, including violent crime. While not all violent crime is considered foreseeable, some violent incidents are preventable and only occur because of negligence on the part of the property owner, such as inadequate security.
A shooting might be considered foreseeable if the property where the incident occurred had a previous history of violent incidents. In cases where a reasonably foreseeable shooting happens because of property owner negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bar or nightclub shooting, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to an experienced crime victim attorney.
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