1 Dead, 1 Injured In Shooting At 1313 Saloon on Kennedy Avenue
One man was killed during a shooting at 1313 Saloon in Duquesne early Monday morning. 55-year-old Donnell Demery was shot several times by another bar patron during an argument inside of the bar. Police and paramedics were called to the bar and found Demery bleeding heavily inside. First responders applied a tourniquet and brought him to UPMC Meeksport, where he died of his injuries shortly after 1 a.m.
Police say that a second person was injured in the shooting, but left the scene before officers arrived. Duquesne police and Allegheny police are investigating the shooting, but no arrests have been made yet.
Does 1313 Saloon Have A History of Criminal Activity?
According to Allegheny County District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko, authorities have been concerned about criminal activity at 1313 Saloon for a while now. He says that the DA’s office has previously met with bar ownership to discuss their concerns about criminal activity in and around the bar. He also said that they have reached out to ownership again to schedule another meeting following this weekend’s incident.
In March of 2018, one police officer was injured while apprehending two wanted men at 1313 Saloon. After receiving information that two men with arrest warrants were at the bar and responded to the scene. The suspects attempted to flee, and one officer suffered a cut on his leg while trying to catch one of the suspects. He required stitches for the wound.
When Are Bar Owners Liable For Violence?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney offers some commentary on the legal rights of individuals who have been shot or stabbed at bars and nightclubs:
In some cases, property owners can be held liable for violent incidents that occur on their premises. When a shooting or stabbing occurs at a bar or nightclub, it’s important to ask if the owner was aware of high rates of violent crime in and around the bar and if he or she took any cautionary measures which could help prevent violence. For instance, bars with a history of violence could hire security guards and do patdowns of patrons to make sure they have no weapons.
When a bar owner is aware that their business is at a high risk for violent incidents but makes no attempt to prevent such incidents, he or she may be held liable if the crime victim (or their family, in fatal incidents) decides to file a lawsuit. Premises liability is complex, so determining if a property owner can be held liable will require a careful overview of the details of the case by an experienced crime victim lawyer.
Location of 1313 Saloon in Duquesne