Six women were wounded in a stabbing that happened outside of Lit Nightclub in downtown Denver in the early hours of Thursday, August 23. The incident happened shortly after 12:30 a.m. outside of the nightclub located at 1410 Market St. in Lower Downtown Denver. Three of the women were brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other three women brought themselves to the hospital.
According to the police, the women were in two separate groups that got into a fight with each other. At least one person pulled out a knife, which is what caused the six women to get wounded.
Police are still trying to determine who from the group of six should be considered a suspect. No arrests have been made and no names released in this case.
According to an article on this stabbing by The Denver Channel, a spokesperson with the Denver Police Department said that this street is a problem area with regular fights and crime in the vicinity of Lit Nightclub. In the same article, a bar owner from across the street told a reporter that the club has a history of causing problems and that the bar owner's business has suffered from being so close.
Attorney contributor Dan Lipman has some thoughts to share on third-party liability for shootings and stabbings at businesses:
When violence breaks out at a bar or nightclub and customers get injured, it's important to ask both who was responsible for committing the crime and if the business owner's negligence allowed the crime to occur. For example, in some cases, negligent security may be to blame for failing to prevent a shooting or stabbing.
It's especially important for bar owners to make sure their security is up to standards in areas with high violent crime rates, or in bars with a history of violent crime. These business owners can reduce the risk of violent crime by taking preventative measures, such as hiring security guards and instituting mandatory weapons searches upon entry.
Premises liability for violent crimes is extremely complicated. If you're curious about your legal rights after becoming a victim, we highly advise discussing your case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.