Police Respond To Shooting On Cumberland Ave
In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 5, Knoxville police responded to reports of a shooting at the Studio X bar on Cumberland Ave. After arriving at the scene, officers found shell casings and blood near the bar, but no victims. A few hours later, a gunshot victim checked into a local hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his arm. This victim was identified as 29-year-old John McGahee of Cleveland, Tennessee. Both the victim and a witness were uncooperative with police and extremely intoxicated, but they suggested that they were involved in a shooting near a nightclub in Knoxville.
An investigation is ongoing and no suspects have been identified in this case.
Are Bars Liable For Shootings & Stabbings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has some general thoughts on business owner liability in shootings and stabbings:
Bar owners have an obligation to keep their customers safe by minimizing the risk of accidents and injuries on their properties. Guarding against violent crime is part of this obligation. When a shooting or stabbing occurs in a bar, nightclub, or other business, it’s important to ask if anything more could have been done to prevent the incident.
In some cases, bar owners may be held liable if the violent incident could be considered preventable. For example, a bar with a history of violent incidents (or one located in a high crime area) should have certain precautions to reduce the risk of a violent incident – such as security guards who search customers for weapons.
Determining liability in these cases is complicated, so crime victims who are curious about their legal options should speak with an experienced crime victim lawyer to better understand their case.