Police Looking For Suspect and Possible Witness in Fort Smith Bar Shooting
Police in Fort Smith are searching for two people who may be connected with the shooting that left three wounded at Rooster’s Blues Bar early Sunday morning, September 2. Three people were sent to the hospital following the incident. Fort Smith officers said that they were in the area surrounding the bar on an off-duty job when they heard gunshots coming from Roosters on Garrison Avenue at around 5 a.m. After arriving at the scene, officers found three people who were hit by bullets.
While no specific details about the injuries have been released, all three victims have been treated and released from the hospital. A fourth individual has also come forward and claims to have been grazed by a bullet.
Police are looking for a male subject who they believe may have been involved in the shooting and a female subject who they believe was a witness in the shooting.
Can Bar Owners Be Held Liable For Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has some insight into third-party liability for violent incidents at bars, nightclubs, and other businesses:
Safety is always a top priority in any business. Business owners have a legal duty to keep their premises as safe as possible and to ensure that guests are not at risk of injury or death due to preventable hazards. When a shooting, stabbing, or other violent incident happens at a business, it’s important to ask if that business had adequately safeguarded their guests from the risk of violent crime.
While many violent crimes are unpredictable, some of them may be considered foreseeable. The owners of bars and other businesses must take preventative measures to reduce the risk of crime if they are aware of a heightened risk on or around their property. For example, bars in areas with high violent crime rates could hire security guards and conduct weapons searches of guests upon entry.
In cases where negligent security plays a role in failing to prevent a crime, bar owners may be held liable for damages if anyone injured during the crime decides to file a lawsuit. Additionally, Arkansas has dram shop laws which could potentially allow a bar to be held liable for serving alcohol to an “obviously intoxicated” or underage person if that person injures someone else because of that intoxication.
If you or someone you love was injured or killed during a violent crime at a bar or nightclub, we advise discussing your legal options with an experienced crime victim lawyer.
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