Push to Declare Sugar Shack a Nuisance Facility Following Deadly Shooting
Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller is pushing to shutter a nightclub where a deadly shooting left one person dead and four others injured this weekend.
Several law enforcement agencies responded to reports of shots fired at the nightclub near Interstate 85 and Shelby Highway in Gaffney at around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday. Responding officers found one gunshot victim and administered first aid. The victim was brought to Spartanburg Medical Center by EMS and died during surgery. He has been identified as 23-year-old Montreal McMullins.
The other four people who were shot were brought to hospitals in Gaffney and Shelby, North Carolina.
According to Sheriff Mueller, the gunshots began inside as people were exiting the nightclub and the incident spilled out into the parking lot. Most of the shots were reportedly fired outside of the club. Mueller also said that there were multiple shooters and that several different types of shell casings were found at the scene.
The Sheriff’s Department has contacted their solicitor in an attempt to have the nightclub declared a nuisance facility.
Previous Violent Incidents at Sugar Shack
According to the authorities, there have been multiple previous incidents of violence at Sugar Shack. In 2017, the sheriff’s department says they responded to 11 fights at the club. In 2018, there were 13 fights and one report of shots fired in May. No people or property were struck in the may shooting, but someone was shot at the club and more than 10 vehicles were struck by gunfire in July of that year. In December 2018, there was another shooting with damaged property.
Sheriff Mueller says that the club owner told him that he stopped using armed security guards because he couldn’t afford it. Mueller also says that the club had metal detectors at the entrance but was not using them.
Legal Recourse for Nightclub Shooting Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents shooting victims and their families in civil cases, helping them find justice and financial support. We’ve asked him to discuss how the legal system can help these families:
Security must be a top priority for all nightclub owners – especially if the club has a history of violent incidents. Like all other property owners, nightclub owners are legally obligated to protect their businesses from the threat of preventable dangers – including foreseeable violent crime. When a shooting happens at a bar or nightclub, it’s important to determine if inadequate security or another form of nightclub negligence is to blame for failing to prevent the shooting.
For example, a nightclub owner might be considered negligent if their club had previous violent incidents but no security improvements were made, such as hiring security guards and conducting weapons searches or metal detector walkthroughs upon entry. In cases which involve negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bar or nightclub shooting, we understand how difficult this time is for your family. To learn more about your legal options, get in touch with one of our experienced crime victim attorneys for a free consultation.