Police Respond to Shooting Outside Sam’s Sports Bar
Police in Kent, Washington responded to reports of multiple gunshots in the parking lot outside of Sam’s Sports Bar at around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 4. Three unidentified victims were injured during the shooting. A 44-year-old California man remained in critical condition as recently as Tuesday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A 25-year-old Seattle man and a 28-year-old man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say they have little information about the case so far and that witnesses and victims have either not cooperated or aren’t aware of what happened. They also said there is no known motive but that they have not ruled out gang involvement.
According to the Kent Reporter, one witness said that two of the injured men were inside Sam’s Sports Bar before the shooting and that one of them is a regular customer with possible gang affiliations.
Are Bar Owners Responsible For Preventing Violence?
Attorney commentator Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney offers his thoughts on property owner liability in violent crime cases:
The criminal justice system prosecutes the perpetrators of violent crimes but often does little to compensate the victims of these crimes. Those who are injured in shootings, stabbings, and other violent crimes and the families of those killed by violence deserve financial support for the various hardships they face.
Depending on the circumstances, sometimes business owners are partly liable for violent incidents that occur on their premises. For instance, at bars with a history of violent incidents, ownership has a duty to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of violence, such as hiring security staff and checking customers for weapons.
In order to determine if a business owner is liable for a shooting or stabbing, it’s important that victims have their case reviewed by an experienced crime victim lawyer. Premises liability is a complex legal concept and depends greatly on the unique circumstances of a particular incident. Victims of violent crime and their families should speak with an experienced crime victim lawyer to find out if they could have grounds for a lawsuit.