According to WDEL.com, a shooting took place outside of the Crystal Loft Hukkah Lounge located at 1156 South Bay Road Dover, Delaware 19901. The shooting resulted in two people being injured.
Troopers responded to a call at approximately 1:20 a.m. on July 19th. Police stated they are unsure as to how many suspects were involved but confirmed over 50 shots were fired into the lounge's parking lot as well as in the neighboring parking lot of Tony's Auto. At least four vehicles were damaged due to the gunshots and so far only two were injured.
A 27-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were struck by the gunshots outside of the lounge. They were transported to the local hospital and treated for their minor wounds.
Police are asking anyone with any information to report it to the Delaware State Police Department.
Attorney contributor Phil Edwards is an experienced violent crimes attorney and has represented numerous victims of shootings. Phil offers his thoughts on the legal rights of victims that were shot at a lounge or bar:
"Lounge and bar owners have a legal obligation to keep their guests protected, both inside and outside of the building. To ensure this safety is upheld, the lounge owners should have a level of security measures in place. These can include surveillance cameras inside the lounge and outside in the parking lot. This can also include hiring guards and having proper lighting around the establishment. If a lounge or bar owner fails to provide this adequately, they may be held liable for crimes that take place on the property."
"Often, when crimes, such as shootings, occur on private property, it may be due to negligence of the property owners. Property owners and managers can be deemed negligent if the crime that was committed was foreseeable. A prime example of a foreseeable crime is when the crime rate increases in the area and the property owner fails to respond with an increase in security. Any victims of shootings that happen on a lounge or bar property should question if the proper safety measures were taken to keep them protected because they may have grounds for a civil lawsuit. Seeking the services of an experienced violent crimes attorney would be the next step in seeking justice and to learn their legal rights."