Suspect Charged with Murder After Lexington Bar Shooting Victim Dies
Charges against Uncle 7’s Bourbon Bar shooting suspect Larry Walters have been upgraded after one of the two victims passed away Tuesday morning. Walters was arrested at his home on Monday following the shooting that afternoon. He now faces charges of murder, first-degree assault, four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and criminal mischief.
Officers responding to reports of shots fired at Uncle 7’s at around 4 p.m. on Monday. They found one victim hiding in the bathroom and another with a gunshot wound to the back.
Police believe an altercation led to shots being fired inside of the bar. The victims are believed to have been fleeing when they were shot.
Both victims were rushed to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. 68-year-old James N. Terry passed away from his gunshot wound at about 12:47 a.m. on Tuesday.
Are Bar Owners Liable for Shootings On Their Properties?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney is a former prosecutor who now represents crime victims and their families in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to discuss bar owner liability for shootings and other violence on their properties:
Bar owners have a legal responsibility to keep their properties free of foreseeable hazards that could end up injuring their guests. As part of this responsibility, bar owners are required to have reasonable security standards which can reduce the risk of violent crime. In some bar shooting cases, the shooting may have been prevented by better security standards. In these types of cases, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
In order to have a case for a lawsuit, it’s often necessary to establish that the shooting was reasonably foreseeable. For example, shooting may be considered foreseeable if the bar had a history of violence.
If you or someone you love has recently become the victim of a bar shooting, we understand how difficult this time has been for your family and we want to help your family find justice. You can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced crime victim attorneys.