2 Injured, Woman in Nearby Parking Lot Killed in Shooting Outside The Vibe
Two people were injured and a woman who was sitting in her car outside of a nearby fast-food restaurant was killed after gunfire erupted outside of The Vibe in North Knoxville early Sunday morning.
Police were called to The Vibe at around 4 a.m. on Sunday on reports of shots fired. According to a news release from the Knoxville Police Department, witnesses said they saw multiple cars speeding away from the club and several people shooting in the parking lot and area surrounding the club.
25-year-old Jessie Roberts was in her vehicle in the drive-thru of a Krystal, across the street from the club. A bullet went through her passenger side door and fatally struck her.
Two other people showed up at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and said they were shot outside of The Vibe. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Investigators found over 50 spent shell casings at the scene and were processing evidence through Monday afternoon. No suspect or motive has been identified yet and anyone with related information has been asked to call 865-515-7212.
This was the second fatal shooting near The Vibe in 2019. On New Year’s Day, a man was fatally shot at the club.
Legal Recourse for Nightclub Shooting Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents victims of preventable crimes and their families in civil lawsuits. Here are some of his thoughts on the legal options available to bar shooting victims and their families:
The owners of bars and nightclubs have a legal duty to do all they can to keep their customers, employees, and other visitors safe. Providing adequate security is a key part of this legal duty, as proper security can reduce the risk of violent crime. But sometimes, the owners of these establishments fail to provide adequate security which leads to a shooting that may have been preventable.
For example, if a shooting happens at a bar with a history of violence and where no security measures were in place (such as security guards who could search guests for weapons), the bar owner might be considered negligent. In cases of negligence, the victims and their families may have the right to sue the property owner.
If you or a loved one has recently been injured or killed in a bar or nightclub shooting, there are ways for your family to find justice. You can learn more about your legal options by discussing your case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.