Police in Hopewell are still looking for a suspect in a shooting that left one man wounded outside of Cambro’s Soul Food and Lounge on Saturday, September 8. The victim, identified as 22-year-old Trevon White, was brought to a nearby hospital for emergency medical treatment of life-threatening injuries. He was in intensive care there until Monday, when he passed away from his injuries.
Officers responded to reports of a large disturbance outside of the lounge on the 200 block of East Broadway at around 1 a.m. on Saturday. While en route to the scene, they received information that multiple shots had been fired there. After arriving at the scene, officers found a man with multiple gunshot wounds.
According to a preliminary investigation, the shooting occurred during a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical fight between multiple unidentified individuals. Police are currently conducting a homicide investigation.
Kevin Biniazan represents the victims of preventable violent crime. We’ve asked him to share some thoughts on bar owner liability for shootings and stabbings:
In Virginia and all other states, property owners have a legal obligation to keep their customers, guests, and residents safe from reasonably preventable dangers. Protecting against the risk of violent crime is part of this obligation. When a shooting or stabbing occurs at a bar, nightclub, or another place of business, it’s important both to arrest and prosecute the offenders and to determine if property owner negligence played a role in the incident.
While not all of these incidents are reasonably preventable, some may have been stopped if it weren’t for negligent or inadequate security measures. Property owners can reduce their risk of violent crime by addressing security. An example would be hiring security guards who could search customers for weapons before they enter the bar.
If you or someone you love has been wounded or killed in a violent incident at a bar or nightclub, it’s important to be aware of your legal options. You can learn more by discussing your case with an experienced crime victim lawyer regarding a possible gunshot settlement.