ABC 13 reported a violent altercation inside Tabú Restaurant and Lounge located at 6003 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77057, occurred on Sunday, June 11, 2023. The bar fight escalated into a shooting that left six individuals wounded. Authorities are currently on the hunt for four male suspects believed to be responsible for the incident.
According to the Houston Police Department, the confrontation erupted within the premises of the popular establishment located at the intersection of Richmond and Fountain View. Subsequently, the dispute spilled out into the bar's parking lot shortly after 2 a.m. As tensions flared, chaos ensued, ultimately resulting in gunfire and leaving several innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire.
The swift response of off-duty officers, who happened to be working an additional job at the scene, proved pivotal in providing immediate aid to the injured victims. A witness, realizing the severity of the situation, quickly sought help from the officers who were present. In no time, additional law enforcement personnel arrived at the scene to support their colleagues.
Upon closer inspection, the police discovered that five men and one woman had sustained gunshot wounds during the incident. One man's injuries were deemed critical, while the others were reported to be in stable condition. The wounded individuals, ranging in age from 27 to 32 years old, were promptly transported to nearby medical facilities for treatment.
Houston authorities have described the perpetrators as "unknown males" at this time, withholding further details regarding their identities or potential motives. Despite the ongoing investigation, no arrests have been made as of Monday evening, leaving the community on edge and eager for swift justice.
The Houston Police Department is actively working to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and review surveillance footage from the vicinity in hopes of identifying and apprehending the four suspects. They are urging anyone with relevant information related to the incident to come forward and assist in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan provides legal aid to victims of bar shootings. He recently discussed who could be held liable for a bar shooting and the legal options available for injured victims.
"Mass shootings at bars have unfortunately become more prevalent in recent years, causing devastating harm to innocent individuals. In the aftermath of such tragedies, victims may have legal rights and avenues for seeking compensation for their injuries.
Bar owners have a legal responsibility to maintain a safe environment for their patrons. This duty includes taking reasonable measures to prevent bar fights and minimize the risk of harm to customers. Although patrons bear some personal responsibility for their actions, bar owners can potentially be held liable for injuries sustained during bar fights under certain circumstances.
If bar owners failed to provide adequate security measures, such as hiring trained security personnel, installing surveillance systems, or implementing protocols to address potential violent incidents they could be deemed liable for negligent security. Additionally, they may be held liable for injuries resulting from bar fights if they continued to serve alcohol to individuals who were visibly intoxicated. This is known as "dram shop liability," and it holds establishments accountable for serving alcohol irresponsibly. If a bar owner or their employees were aware of an escalating altercation and failed to take appropriate action to prevent or stop it, they may be considered negligent and held liable for resulting injuries.
It is important for victims of mass shootings or bar fight injuries to consult with experienced attorneys who can assess the specific circumstances of their case and provide guidance on the best course of legal action. These cases can be complex, and seeking professional legal advice is essential to protect one's rights and pursue fair compensation."