Detroit, Michigan – Police Looking For Witnesses in Fatal Shooting of Billy Neal, Jr. Outside Hangovers Bar

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Hangovers bar in Detroit, where police found a man killed by gunfire on August 15.

Detroit Police Find Dead Man Outside Hangovers Bar

Detroit police are searching for witnesses and information in the shooting death of a man outside of a bar on the west side of the city. Police believe that 43-year-old Billy Neal, Jr. was attempting to break up a fight outside of Hangovers on the 20000 block of Livernois Ave in the early hours of Wednesday, August 22 when he was shot several times in the back, head, and left arm. Neal was already dead when officers arrived on the scene and officers were unable to find witnesses.

No suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made in this investigation. Anyone with information has been encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP. Callers may remain anonymous.

When Is A Bar Owner Liable For Violence On Their Property?

Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has some thoughts on the legal rights of victims of shootings and stabbings in bars, nightclubs, and other businesses:

When a shooting or stabbing happens in a public place and innocent people are injured or killed, finding the perpetrator is always a top priority. The police and criminal justice system handle the arrest and prosecution of violent criminals, which is usually an important part of finding closure for victims. However, crime victims should also be aware that the civil court system can help them directly if they decide to file a lawsuit.

Many shootings and stabbings are random acts which could not have been prevented, but a few stem directly from third-party negligence. In some cases, these acts of violence could have been prevented if a property owner had done more to keep their premises safe from the threat of violence. If a property owner was aware of the risk of violent crime on their premises but failed to take any action to reduce that risk, that property owner could possibly be held liable if the crime victim files a lawsuit.

Premises liability is a complicated legal concept and determining if your family has grounds for a lawsuit against a property owner for a violent incident will require assistance from an experienced crime victim lawyer.

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About the Author:

Brian Kent, Esq. is a partner at Laffey, Bucci & Kent. Brian is nationally recognized as a leading attorney victims' rights lawyer. He has represented several clients who have been injured because of criminal actions of another including, sexual abuse cases, hit by drunk driver cases, and negligent security cases.

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