Click Orlando has reported that a fatal shooting occurred in the parking lot of Shady Cove Bar & Grill located at 7140 State Rd 544, Haines City, FL 33844.
Two men were shot after an argument outside of the Polk County bar on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Police say 31-year-old Joshua Badillo was asked to leave the bar before he pulled out a weapon and shot a man in the hand and groin. Another man ran out of the bar returning fire at the suspect but was shot in the chest. Both men were taken to the hospital for treatment, but the man shot in the chest died.
Badillo was apprehended later that day. He was also taken to the hospital for treatment of his gunshot wounds. He is facing charges including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and tampering with evidence.
Attorney contributor, Michael Haggard, has had years of experience representing victims of violent crimes and their families in civil lawsuits in Florida. As a gun crime lawyer, Michael recently shared his knowledge regarding the rights of victims shot at a bar and when they can sue for compensation.
"Bar owners have a legal obligation to ensure that their establishment is safe for both customers and employees. Security measures should be maintained, such as security cameras, professional security guards, and experienced ample lighting. If the bar owner did not provide sufficient security measures at the time of a crime, they might be held liable in a civil case."
"In some situations, bar security negligence can lead to criminal activity such as shootings. The bar owner may be considered negligent if a crime was reasonably foreseeable. If crime rates in the area increased, but they did not improve their security procedures, the crime could be seen as predictable. Victims and their families can seek legal advice from an experienced violent crimes attorney. If the attorney can show that the bar owner was negligent, victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for any losses caused by the crime."