Deontray Forrest Charged with 3 Counts of Homicide in Fatal Levels Lounge Shooting
Continue Reading: Shooting victim lawyer Brian Kent discusses lawsuits for bar shooting victims and their families in the second section of this article.
Police arrested a suspect in the February fatal triple shooting at Levels Lounge in Lima. 24-year-old Deontray Forrest has been charged with three counts of homicide.
On February 4, three men were shot and killed at Levels Lounge, located at 122 East North St. in Lima.
28-year-old Terell McGraw and 24-year-old Devontae Upshaw were both found dead inside of the bar. 25-year-old Timothy White was found dead on a sidewalk outside of the bar. No motive is publicly known at this time.
A judge ordered Levels Lounge to be temporarily closed down on February 5, the day after the shooting. The city of Lima had previously deemed the bar a “nuisance” due to frequent crime. Last year, the city filed a nuisance lawsuit with the Allen Count of Clerks. The manager of the lounge, Michael Liles, agreed to make efforts to improve security.
Police records show that officers responded to the 123 calls for service at the bar in the preceding year leading up to the shooting. Over 30 of those calls were for fights and other disturbances. Other calls were made for a variety of crimes, including alleged thefts, drug complaints, underage drinking, and a sex offense.
There was also another shooting at the bar on April 22, 2019. A man inside of a vehicle outside of the bar was struck in the arm and hospitalized, treated, and released.
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Lawsuits For Families of Fatal Bar Shooting Victims
Shooting victim lawyer Brian Kent represents bar shooting victims and their families in civil lawsuits against bars that have failed to protect their patrons and keep their premises safe. Brian has offered to add some thoughts on the legal rights of these victims and families:
The owners of bars, nightclubs, and other businesses are legally obligated to make sure their properties are safe from preventable dangers, including foreseeable violent crime. When a shooting happens at a bar and patrons are injured or killed, it’s important to have both a criminal investigation and an investigation into the safety standards at the bar.
Some bar shootings are foreseeable and only happen due to negligence. For example, a bar shooting might be considered negligent if the bar had a history of several other violent crimes. In these cases, the bar owner is responsible for making safety improvements. If they fail to do so and a shooting happens as a result, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar owner.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bar shooting, you can learn more about your legal rights by contacting our experienced crime victim lawyers for a free consultation.
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