IHOP in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Man hospitalized for his injuries after being shot multiple times at the IHOP in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Suspect Arrested For Shooting a Man at the IHOP in Elizabeth City

WTKR claims that a shooting occurred on Sunday night at an IHOP restaurant located at 1700 City Center Blvd, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. An African American male was allegedly shot three times in his back. He was taken to a nearby hospital and his status is currently not known.

47-year-old Dustin Sims fled the scene before the police arrived, but he has since been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injuries, and damage to property. His bond was set at $100,000 and he was sent to Albemarle District Jail.

Sims will appear before the Pasquotank County Courthouse on Thursday.

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Legal Options Open to Victims Injured in Restaurant Shootings

Have you been directly impacted by a restaurant shooting? Or has someone close to you been injured in a similar incident? Attorney contributor Brian Kent of www.CrimeVictim.Attorney specializes in civil cases dealing with restaurant shooting victims and their families. Below he has offered some of his legal insight on the matter:

“Essentially, what violent crime victims must understand is that commercial property owners are required by law to ensure the safety of all of their customers and employees on site. To do this, they must be able to provide adequate security measures on or around the premises to protect all patrons from preventable dangers. Unfortunately, however, adequate security is not always supplied and there are times when someone may fall victim to a shooting or stabbing on the property as a result. When these circumstances occur, a victim may be able to bring a lawsuit against the restaurant or property owner. So when security is declared inadequate and someone becomes a victim to a violent crime as a result, the property owner negligence here may make the owner liable.”

“But what victims must remember is that inadequate security is not enough alone to bring a valid lawsuit against a property owner. Additionally, a violent crime victim’s attorney must be able to show that the crime that occurred on site was reasonably foreseeable. For instance, if a restaurant owner receives a report that shows an increase in violent crimes in the area, deliberately decides not to improve security, and then someone gets shot, he or she may be held liable for the crime because it was reasonably foreseeable. Overall, though, it is important to note that both inadequate security and a reasonably foreseeable crime must be proven together for a victim to have a valid lawsuit against the property owner.”

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a restaurant shooting, please do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney now. We encourage you to contact one of our violent crime victim attorneys listed on our website today.

Location of IHOP in Elizabeth City, North Carolina



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Attorney Contributor:

Laurence P. Banville, Esq. is the managing partner of Banville Law. He is a regular contributor on several topics including negligent security cases, child sexual abuse and Dram Shop and liquor liability cases.

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