Man Injured in Shooting at Bar with History of Violence
One man is in critical condition following an overnight shooting at an East Village nightclub.
Officers responded to reports of a shooting at the Lime Lounge on Grand Avenue shortly after midnight on Friday, January 18. They found one victim at the scene, who was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Police are continuing to investigate this shooting and interview witnesses. No arrests have yet been made.
Lime Lounge has a prior history of violent incidents. This latest shooting is the second time the police have been called to Lime Lounge for a shooting this month. In May 2018, the bar’s owners were cited for a large fight that took place inside of the club. 20 people were involved in that fight and three were charged. The owners were given a disorderly house citation.
Are Bar and Nightclub Owners Liable for Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney is a former prosecutor who now represents victims of preventable violent crimes in civil cases. We’ve asked him to add some commentary regarding bar and nightclub owner liability for shootings and other violent incidents:
All property owners are legally obligated to keep their premises free from foreseeable dangers that could cause injuries, illnesses, or death. Known as premises liability laws, these legal requirements are in place to protect the public. Foreseeable violent crime is covered under these laws. When a shooting happens at a bar or nightclub, it’s important to determine if the incident occurred because of a failure to keep the property safe from the threat of foreseeable violent crime.
A shooting might be considered reasonably foreseeable if the bar where the shooting occurred has a history of violent incidents or is located in an area with high violent crime rates. The owners of such bars must take preventative measures to reduce the risk of violent crime, such as hiring security guards and requiring guests to be patted down for weapons before entering the bar.
In cases where inadequate security or another form of negligence is to blame for failing to prevent a bar shooting, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been wounded or killed in a bar or nightclub shooting, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to an experienced crime victim attorney.