Man Shot in Neck, Hospitalized Inside Downtown Nightclub
A 24-year-old man was shot in the neck inside of Medusa Lounge, one of downtown Cleveland’s most popular nightclubs. The shooting occurred on Wednesday, November 27, around 2:45 a.m. inside of the club on St. Clair Avenue and East 14th Street. Several off-duty police officers were working the club for a birthday party for a club promoter the night of the shooting.
According to police reports, a fight started near the front door of the club around closing time. Someone fired one gunshot, which struck the man on the right side of his neck. The crowd inside immediately flowed outside after the shooting.
The police reports said that the victim and the several off-duty officers did not see who fired the shot. Police found the victim outside and brought him to MetroHealth for treatment.
This is the second recent shooting at Medusa Lounge. Another man was shot outside of the club in July 2017.
No arrests have been made in this case.
Are Club Owners Liable For Shootings and Stabbings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a civil crime victim attorney with a background as a criminal prosecutor. We’ve asked him for some thoughts on bar and nightclub owner liability for shootings and stabbings:
When a shooting, stabbing, or another violent incident breaks out at a bar or nightclub, it’s important to determine if the property owner met their legal responsibilities. Like all other property owners, bar and nightclub owners have a legal responsibility to keep their premises safe from reasonably foreseeable dangers. In shootings and stabbings, it’s important to determine how the weapon got into the club and if the club owner could have done more to prevent the violence.
In cases where a shooting could have been prevented if not for negligence on the part of the property owner, the victims and their families may have grounds to file a lawsuit. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a nightclub shooting or another violent incident at a place of business, consider speaking to an experienced crime victim attorney about your legal options.