Fox Illinois has reported that a shooting occurred outside Lock Stock & Barrel located at 129 S Oakland Ave, Decatur, IL 62522.
Numerous shots were fired early Friday, May 6, 2022. Police arrived to find three victims with gunshot injuries. All were taken to the hospital for treatment. Two were listed as stable, but the third was reported to be in critical condition.
Two suspects were arrested, an 18-year-old facing charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and a 35-year-old facing charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a weapon by a felon.
Brian Kent, a legal contributor to Legal Herald, focuses on civil law for victims of violent crimes, including bar shootings. Brian recently talked about when bar shooting victims can sue for being shot in a bar parking lot.
"There are laws that require bar owners to provide security for their guests and staff while on their property. This includes protection from preventable criminal behavior, such as shootings or stabbings. Surveillance cameras, adequately trained security, and adequate lighting are all basic security measures a property owner can provide. In turn, if a person is shot outside of a bar, they have the right to question the bar's security. If the bar owner failed to provide adequate safety safeguards, they could be held liable."
"However, to file a civil claim, the victim's legal representation will need to demonstrate that the crime was reasonably foreseeable. For example, if acts of violence in the bar were becoming more frequent, but the owner failed to increase security measures, a shooting could be predictable. In such circumstances of negligence, the owner may be held accountable for the victims' losses. Victims of bar shootings should get legal guidance from an experienced violent crimes attorney. They may be able to seek compensation by filing a lawsuit against the negligent bar owner."