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Kingston’s Lounge in Jackson, where one man was injured when another fired into a crowd in July.

Police Arrest Man Wanted For Kingston’s Lounge Shooting

Police in Jackson, Michigan arrested a man who was wanted in connection with a shooting that left one man wounded outside of Kingston’s Lounge in July. 40-year-old Leandrew Martin disappeared following the shooting and had been wanted by police for several weeks. He was arrested without incident on August 18 and was arraigned on August 21. Martin faces charges of attempted murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and other gun crimes. His bail was set at $750,000.

Martin allegedly shot an unnamed 31-year-old man shortly before 1 a.m. on July 22 after a fight started between about 20 people behind Kingston’s Lounge and The Avenues Gentleman’s Club. Surveillance cameras caught footage of the shooting, which shows a person firing multiple shots into a crowd. The victim’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Martin is currently incarcerated at Jackson County Jail.

Do Property Owners Have An Obligation To Prevent Violence?

Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has some thoughts on property owner liability for violent incidents:

According to a legal concept called premises liability, all property owners have a legal obligation to keep their premises safe from preventable dangers that could end up injuring their guests, customers, or residents. In some cases, violent crimes fall into this category of preventable dangers. When a property owner is aware of a risk of violent crime in or around the bar, he or she has a duty to take preventative measures to reduce these risks – such as hiring security staff.

Some shootings and stabbings in bars and nightclubs are the results of negligent security by bar ownership. Additionally, sometimes customers who have been served too much alcohol become violent and injure others. If a bar overserves a customer who causes an injury to another person because they were intoxicated, the bar could also be held liable under dram shop laws.

Premises liability and dram shop laws are both complicated, so you will need to speak with an experienced crime victim lawyer to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit.

Location of Kingston’s Lounge in Jackson, MI

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