A man was wounded in a shooting inside of De Real Ting Cafe on West Adams Street in the early hours of Saturday, February 9. The victim, 28-year-old Paul Steney, was hospitalized at Florida Health Jacksonville and listed in stable condition.
According to detectives, Steney was shot in the back inside of the bar and nightclub at around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday. Police say he then ran outside of the venue and was driven to University of Florida Health Jacksonville by friends.
Steney told investigators that he had been at the club for roughly an hour when he heard women behind him shouting. He said that he heard a gunshot after this and left the club to get medical attention. He told officers that he does not know who shot him.
Investigators believe that there was a fight inside of the club before the shooting, but Steney denied being involved in that incident.
Anyone with information concerning this shooting has been asked to call (904) 630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
According to an article by News 4 JAX, there have been several other crimes reported in the past month within a half-mile radius of De Real Ting Cafe, including:
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard helps crime victims recover the financial compensation they deserve in civil cases. Here is some input from Michael on nightclub owner liability for shootings on their properties:
The owners of nightclubs and all other types of properties must place the safety of their premises above all else. Prioritizing safety protects customers, employees, guests, and neighbors. This includes instituting safety measures for reducing the risk of foreseeable violent crime. When a shooting happens at a nightclub, it's important to determine if the property owner did all that they could to keep the venue safe.
In some cases, nightclub shootings only occur due to property owner negligence. For example, if the nightclub where the shooting occurred was in an area with high violent crime rates, the owner might be considered negligent if they failed to make efforts to improve security - such as hiring guards and conducting weapons searches. In cases of negligence, the shooting victims and their families may have a case for a lawsuit.
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