3 Injured in Thanksgiving Morning Shooting at the Glass House
Police in Kinston, North Carolina are investigating a shooting that left three people injured in the early hours of Thanksgiving morning. One person was shot, while two others suffered unspecified injuries in the incident.
According to the Kinston Police Department, officers were in the area of the Glass House nightclub on McLewean Street at around 2 a.m. Thursday morning when they heard 5 gunshots from inside the club.
26-year-old Ernest McCotter Jr. was transported to UNC Lenoir Health Care for treatment of a gunshot wound. He was later transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Additionally, police located two other people who were injured in the shooting – 26-year-old Krystal Kornegay and 28-year-old Senieca Hawkins. The latter two victims were both treated and released from UNC Lenoir Health Care.
No information regarding suspects is available at this time. Anyone with information about the shooting has been asked to call the Kinston Police Tips line at 252-939-4020 or the Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at 252-523-4444.
When Are Bar Owners Liable For Shootings On Their Properties?
Brian Kent is a former criminal prosecutor who now represents crime victims in civil courts, helping these victims get the answers and financial support they deserve. Here are some of his thoughts on bar owner liability for shootings and other violent incidents on their properties:
Property owners have a legal obligation to keep their premises safe from preventable dangers. This includes guarding against the risk of reasonably foreseeable violent crime. For the owners of bars and nightclubs, it’s crucial to make sure that security standards are up to par in order to minimize the risk of shootings, stabbings, and other violent incidents. When violence does break out at a bar or nightclub and people are injured or killed, it’s important to determine if the property owner met their legal obligation to safety.
In cases where inadequate security or another form of negligence is to blame for failing to prevent a violent incident, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the property owner. For example, a bar owner may be considered negligent for failing to have safety measures in place, such as security guards and weapons searches.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a violent incident at a bar or nightclub, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to one of our experienced crime victim attorneys in a free consultation.