Police have arrested 29-year-old Aaron Suggs as the suspect in a shooting that left two men critically injured outside of The Rock Tavern in Fort Wayne early Friday morning. Officers responded to reports of gunshots at the bar shortly after 1:30 a.m. The first responding officers arrested Suggs in a nearby parking lot.
The second wave of officers arrived in the area shortly after and found two men with gunshot wounds. One victim was across the street at the BP gas station. The second was found behind the bar near an alleyway. Investigators think that both men were shot around the back of the bar and then ran for safety.
The victims have been identified as 44-year-old Christopher M. Pogue and 35-year-old Jacob R. Jeffrey. Both men were rushed to nearby hospitals and listed in critical condition.
Suggs has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery.
Attorney contributor Jeff Gibson is a lawyer representing shooting victims, and has some information on property owner liability when a violent crime occurs on their premises:
All types of property owners have a legal duty to make sure their premises are reasonably safe from dangers that could injure their customers, visitors, and residents. This duty includes making sure that the risk of violent crime is as low as possible. In some cases, property owners fail to meet this duty by providing inadequate security, which can allow innocent victims to be injured or killed in violent incidents.
Additionally, bar owners can be held liable for serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated guests if the intoxication directly results in an injury to someone else.
If you or someone you love was shot or stabbed in a bar or nightclub and you’re curious about your legal options, you can learn more by discussing your case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.