Police in Elgin are investigating a bar shooting that left one woman dead and three other people wounded in the parking lot of D Hangout Bar and Grill early Sunday morning. Police were called to the bar on the 500 block of South McClean Boulevard near Route 20 at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. In the parking lot outside of the bar, officers discovered three women and one man with gunshot wounds.
The women were all brought to area hospitals and the man transported himself to the hospital. At around 5 a.m. on Sunday, one of the three women was pronounced dead. Additionally, police announced that one of the victims was still hospitalized and that two had been released.
Investigators believe that the shooter knew at least one of the victims. An investigation is ongoing, but the motive is still unclear.
This shooting occurred only about one block away from the scene of one of Elgin’s most infamous shootings. In 2001, two men were killed and another 15 people were injured in a shooting at J.B.’s Pub at McLean Boulevard and Route 20. Luther Casteel was eventually convicted of the murders of the two men – bartender Jeffrey Weides and customer Richard Bartlett. J.B.’s Pub was torn down in 2014.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent has offered to add some thoughts on bar owner liability for shootings and stabbings and the potential of a lawsuit in a bar shooting:
In the aftermath of a shooting at a bar or nightclub, it’s normal for victims and their families to wonder if anything could have been done to prevent the crime. In some cases, negligent or inadequate security may be partially to blame for failing to prevent a foreseeable violent incident. When this is the case, those who have been injured and the families of those killed during the shooting may have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar owner.
If you or a loved one was recently injured or killed in a bar shooting, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced crime victim lawyer.