A man was struck by bullets in a shooting outside of Biltmore Tap Room early Monday morning, January 28. According to Lafayette police, the incident began with a fight inside of the bar and spilled outside when gunshots were fired.
Lafayette police responded to reports of a shooting at the bar on South 4th Street at about 3:15 a.m. Upon arrival, officers were unable to find a suspect or victims. The police were later told that a gunshot victim had checked in at a nearby hospital. Police eventually determined that this gunshot victim had been shot outside of Biltmore Tap Room.
The victim suffered gunshot wounds in the abdomen and right forearm. A friend brought him to the hospital. His injuries are considered non-life-threatening.
According to the police, multiple gunshots were heard and witnesses reported seeing several vehicles and people fleeing the scene.
There are not any suspects at this time. The case has been turned over to the detective division and the investigation is ongoing.
Attorney contributor Jeff Gibson helps bar shooting victims and their families find justice through civil lawsuits. Here are some of his thoughts regarding the legal options available to these victims and families:
The owners of bars, nightclubs, and all other properties have a legal duty to keep their properties safe from preventable hazards, including foreseeable violent crime. When a patron is shot at a bar or nightclub, it’s important to determine if the property owner met this legal duty to keep their property safe. In some bar shooting cases, bar owner negligence (such as inadequate security) is to blame for a failure to prevent the shooting. In these cases, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been wounded or killed in a bar shooting, we understand the difficulties your family faces. To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced gun crime lawyer for a free consultation.