1 Killed in Fort Lauderdale Strip Club Shooting
Police in Lauderhill are investigating a fatal strip club shooting that resulted in the death of one man early Sunday morning. According to the police, the shooting happened at Club 54 on the 3000 block of West Broward Boulevard between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Sunday.
Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from a fight that broke out inside of the strip club.
After arriving on the scene, officers found the male victim, later identified as Cyril Smith, suffering from severe gunshot wounds. He was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center, where he later died.
Investigators remained at the club Sunday morning, searching for clues and trying to identify a suspect. Anyone with information related to this incident has been asked to contact Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.
Are Club Owners Liable for Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney is a former prosecutor who now represents victims of preventable violent crime in civil lawsuits. Here is some information from Brian regarding bar and nightclub owner liability for shootings on their properties:
Being a property owner comes with many responsibilities, the chief of which should always be making sure the property is safe from foreseeable hazards. Property owners are legally obligated to keep their property free of these hazards in order to protect customers, employees, guests, and others who visit the property.
In bar and nightclub shooting cases, it’s important to determine if the property owner met their legal obligation to protect their premises from reasonably foreseeable violent crime. While not all of these shootings are foreseeable, some only occur due to property owner negligence, such as inadequate security. In these types of cases, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has recently become the victim of a bar or club shooting, we understand how difficult this experience has been for your family and we want to help. You can learn more about your family’s legal options by contacting one of our experienced crime victim attorneys.