See Below: Crime victim lawyer Marc Lenahan discusses whether you can sue for being shot at a bar in the second section of this article.
Two people were wounded in a shooting at Flanagan's Southside in Corpus Christi on March 17. The shooting happened inside the bar at around 2 a.m.
According to the police, one victim was shot in the leg and the other suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle. Both victims are in their 30's.
Most of the witnesses fled from the scene before officers arrived. Investigators are still investigating the circumstances leading up to the shooting.
The shooter managed to flee the scene and has not been tracked down. He has been described as a heavy-set bald Hispanic male in his mid 20's to early 30's and was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jean shorts at the time of the shooting.
Marc Lenahan is a crime victim lawyer who represents bar shooting victims, helping them recover the financial compensation they deserve. Marc has offered to add some legal commentary regarding lawsuits for bar shootings:
Prevention of violent crime should be a top priority for all bar owners. Sadly, bars and nightclubs are often the sites of violence, as heavy alcohol consumption can lead to confrontations. Preventative measures can help reduce the risk of violent crime happening at bars and nightclubs.
When gunshots are fired at a bar and people are injured and killed, all of the circumstances surrounding the shooting should be investigated. It's important not only to identify and arrest a suspect, but also to investigate the bar to determine if adequate safety standards were in place. Many bar shootings could be prevented by better safety standards.
In some cases, bar owners are liable for failing to prevent shootings. For example, if there had been previous violence at the bar, the owner would have an obligation to improve safety to reduce the risk of further violence through measures like weapons searches and security guards. If no safety improvements were made, the bar owner could be considered negligent and held liable in a civil lawsuit by the victims and their families.
If you or someone you care about has been injured or killed in a shooting at a bar, you can learn more about your legal options by contacting one of our experienced shooting victim lawyers for a free consultation.