5 Wounded in Shooting at West Tennessee Bar
Police in Jackson, Tennessee are investigating a shooting that left five people wounded at Cody’s Saloon and Dance Hall in the early hours of Monday, August 20. Jackson Police responded to reports of a shooting at the bar at 60 Heritage Square at around 2 a.m. on Monday. All five victims were rushed to local hospitals. One victim suffered critical injuries in the shooting.
Jackson Police are still investigating the shooting. No suspects have been named and no further information has been released as of August 20.
Are Bar Owners Liable For Customer Injuries in Shootings and Stabbings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney offers some perspective on how the civil court system can help victims of violent crime:
Bar owners, along with all other types of property owners, have a legal obligation to keep their guests, residents, and customers safe. Part of this obligation means providing adequate security so that there is a minimal risk of violent crime. When someone is injured because of a lack of adequate security or safety on the premises, the property owner can be held liable for damages.
Victims who have been injured by violent crime in bars and the families of those who have been killed in violent incidents may have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar owner. In order to have grounds for a lawsuit, your lawyer will need to prove that the crime was reasonably foreseeable and that the bar owner failed to take adequate measures to reduce the risk of crime. Premises liability is a complex legal concept, so you will need to speak with an experienced crime victim lawyer if you want to fully understand your legal options.