Bystander Fatally Struck by Bullet in Traxx Lounge Parking Lot
An innocent bystander was killed in the crossfire when three men started shooting at each other outside of Traxx Lounge and Grill in the early hours of Sunday, December 9. According to McDonough police, the parking lot shootout occurred at around 2 a.m. on Sunday.
The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Decoby Barlow, who was celebrating his cousin’s birthday at the bar.
Police have arrested 28-year-old Jalon Edwards in connection with the shooting. An additional two suspects are also wanted.
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Barlow’s cousin told reporters that five armed security guards were at the club, but none of them were able to stop the incident.
When Are Clubs Liable For Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney is a former prosecutor who now represents crime victims in civil courts. Here are some thoughts from Brian on nightclub owner liability for shootings and other violent incidents:
The owners of bars and nightclubs have a legal obligation to maintain the safety of their properties. This includes protecting against reasonably foreseeable dangers, such as injury hazards and violent crime. When a shooting or another violent incident occurs at a bar or nightclub, it’s important to determine if the bar met this legal obligation.
In some bar and nightclub shooting cases, the property owner bears partial responsibility for failing to prevent the shooting. For example, a bar or nightclub owner may be considered negligent for inadequate security. In these cases, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a shooting at a bar or nightclub, you deserve justice and support. You can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to an experienced crime victim attorney.