Two people were fatally shot at a strip club on Indianapolis’ near west side early Saturday morning.
According to the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, two men were killed in the shooting at Club Venus, located at the intersection of North Tibbs Avenue and West 16th Street, near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Those men have been identified as 23-year-old William Walker and 42-year-old Charles Reeves II.
Indianapolis police officers were called to the strip club at around 1 a.m. on Saturday and found the two victims dead at the scene. Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate but no arrests have been made yet and no information about suspects has been released.
This latest shooting is not the first incident of violence at Club Venus. There have been several previous shooting incidents at the strip club.
In September 2018, a 23-year-old was shot in the club’s parking lot. In April 2018, someone checked themselves into a hospital with a gunshot wound that they suffered at the club. In August 2017, two people were shot in the parking lot. In June 2017, two people were shot inside of the strip club.
Attorney Jeff Gibson is a former prosecutor who now represents crime victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Here is some information from Jeff on the legal options available to nightclub shooting victims and their families:
The owners of bars, nightclubs, and all other properties have a legal duty to maintain the safety of those properties. Nightclub owners are responsible for making sure their patrons and employees are safe from preventable dangers, including foreseeable violent crime. When a nightclub fails to provide adequate security and a shooting happens due to inadequate security, the victims and their families could have grounds to file a lawsuit.
In order to have grounds for a lawsuit, the shooting must be considered reasonably foreseeable. This may be the case if there had been previous incidents of violence at the nightclub or if the nightclub was in an area with high violent crime rates, but no security measures were in place.
If you or a loved one has become a victim of a nightclub shooting, you can learn more about your legal rights by contacting an experienced gun crime lawyer.