One man was killed and another injured during a shooting at Cash's Liquors and Lounge in Crestview early Saturday morning. The man who died following the shooting has been identified as 39-year-old Pernell Thomas. The other man's name has not been released.
According to the Crestview Police Department, an officer was patrolling the parking lot outside of the bar when the shots were fired. The officer witnessed the suspect flee the building on foot and pursued him on foot, however, that individual was not caught.
Police say that Thomas was shot and killed inside the bar and that another man was grazed by a bullet and treated at a hospital. He has since been released.
The police say that they do not have any leads or names of any suspects at this time. They are continuing to search for the suspect and have been analyzing surveillance footage from the scene.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard represents bar shooting victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Here are a few of his thoughts on the legal rights of these victims and families and bar owner liability for shootings.
The owners of bars and nightclubs are responsible for making sure their patrons and employees are safe from preventable dangers. As part of this responsibility, these property owners are required to have reasonable security measures in place, which can reduce the risk of violent crime. When a shooting happens at a bar because of inadequate security or another form of negligence, the victims and their families may have a case for a lawsuit against the bar owner.
For example, if the bar where the shooting occurred had a previous history of violence and no security improvements were made, that bar owner could be held liable if people are injured or killed in a shooting.
Each bar shooting case has different circumstances. In order to understand your family's legal options after you or a loved one has become the victim of a bar shooting, we advise discussing your case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.