Little Rock Police Searching For Suspect in Club Empire Shooting
Police in Little Rock are currently investigating a shooting that left three people injured at Club Empire early Saturday morning.
Officers were called to the nightclub on the 3300 block of West Roosevelt Road at around 1 a.m. on Saturday on reports of shots fired. That night, Club Empire was hosting a party for actor/comedian Mike Epps, who had recently performed at the Verizon Arena.
Responding officers found a man who had been shot twice in his abdomen, a woman with a gunshot wound to her upper thigh and a fractured pelvis, and another woman who had been shot in the heel. All of these injuries are considered non-life-threatening.
Police reports say that witnesses saw a large fight between several people, which escalated when one of the people involved pulled out a gun and began firing. The police are still searching for that shooter, who witnesses say left the nightclub in an orange Dodge Charger.
According to the Little Rock Police Department, there was a metal detector that night but no officers were at the club that night. Detectives have announced that they will be working with Club Empire to determine if security improvements need to be made.
Are Bar Owners Liable for Shootings on Their Properties?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents bar shooting victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Here is some insight from Brian concerning bar owner liability for shootings and the legal rights of victims:
Owning a bar is a privilege which comes with many responsibilities. Above all else, bar and nightclub owners have a legal duty to make sure that their patrons and employees are safe from preventable dangers. This includes making sure that security is up to par in order to reduce the risk of violent incidents like shootings and stabbings. But sadly, not every bar and nightclub owner meets this legal duty. And sometimes, this failure to provide adequate safety leads to preventable violence.
Proving that a bar owner’s negligence contributed to a shooting can be complicated. Generally, the victim’s lawyer will need to establish that the shooting was reasonably foreseeable. For example, a shooting may be considered foreseeable if the bar had a previous history of violence or was in a high-crime area. If the shooting was reasonably foreseeable and happened due to inadequate security or another form of negligence, the victims and their families could have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or someone you love has recently become a victim of a bar shooting, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to an experienced crime victim attorney about your case.
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