Last Updated: 7/13/2020
Legal Commentary: In the second part of this story, stabbing victim lawyer Brian Kent discusses the legal rights of bar stabbing victims.
Two people were reportedly stabbed in an altercation at Scooters Bar on the 2800 block of Old French Road in Erie on January 31.
Erie Police were called to the bar around midnight. According to the police, two people had been stabbed and were transported to a nearby hospital.
No suspect has been arrested at this time and this investigation remains ongoing.
This is not the only recent incident of violence at Scooters. In October of 2019, 27-year-old Lamont Snider was arrested for allegedly stabbing another man outside of the bar. Snider was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault.
According to the police, the October stabbing happened after a fight started inside the bar and spilled outside. The victim survived the stabbing.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents victims of bar stabbings and other violent crimes in civil lawsuits. Here are some thoughts from Brian on the legal rights of those who have been stabbed or shot in bars and nightclubs:
The safety of patrons and employees must be a top priority for all bar owners. In fact, the owners of bars and other businesses are legally obligated to make sure their properties are safe from preventable dangers, including foreseeable violent crime. When people are injured in a stabbing or shooting at a bar, it’s important to determine if the crime was foreseeable and if bar owner negligence played a role.
For example, a bar stabbing might be considered foreseeable if there had been previous violent crimes at the bar. If so, the bar owner would have a legal obligation to improve safety. If a stabbing happened due to the bar owner’s failure to improve safety, the owner could be considered negligent.
If you or a loved one has been stabbed at a bar, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced stabbing victim lawyers.