According to News4Jax.com, a man was shot in the Passions Gentlemen's Club parking lot located at 9801 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246.
Police responded to a shooting on Monday, August 16, 2021, that took place in the club's parking lot following a fight that began inside the club. The victim was shot in his vehicle as he attempted to get away from the shooter. He crashed into a JEA utility station before dying at the scene.
The police are still investigating. This shooting is just over two weeks after another fatal shooting took place less than a mile away at Mascara's Gentlemen's Club on August 1, 2021.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard is an experienced violent crimes attorney who has represented numerous shooting victims and their families in civil lawsuits. During an interview, Michael shared some information on the legal rights of victims shot outside of a club:
"A gentlemen's club, similar to a bar, must put the safety of the patrons and staff as the highest priority. The establishment's owner has a legal duty to maintain certain security measures are in place in order to secure the safety of their customers and staff. Examples of such security measures can include hiring security guards, having well-lit parking lots, installing working security cameras, and even offering proper training for staff. If a certain level of security has not been put in place and a crime takes place on the premice, the victim and their family may have a legal right to pursue a civil lawsuit against the club or bar."
"Club owners and management may be considered negligent if the offense is found to be foreseeable. A foreseeable crime could include the lack of increasing security measures even though the owner and management are aware of the increase in crime in the area. A victim and their family should seek the counsel of an experienced violent crimes attorney to understand better their legal options, including if they have grounds for a civil lawsuit."