Last Update: 7/13/2020
A 57-year-old woman was killed and five others were hospitalized with injuries after a shooting outside of The West Cocktail Lounge in Long Beach early Sunday morning.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene at around 12:38 a.m. on Sunday. They discovered multiple victims after arriving at the lounge, located at 1616 West Pacific Highway.
57-year-old Jacqueline Gatsby was pronounced dead at the scene. Three men and a critically injured woman were rushed to a nearby hospital. Two of those men suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while a third suffered a wound to the face and was in intensive care. The critically injured woman was listed in stable condition.
A third female victim went to the hospital on her own with a gunshot wound to her lower torso. That injury is not considered life-threatening.
Investigators say that an unknown number of suspects were involved in the shooting. According to family members of Glasby, she and several of her cousins were in the parking lot for a vigil for someone who recently died.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson represents victims of violent crimes in civil lawsuits. He has experience fighting for the rights of victims involved in bar shootings, so we asked him to share some information regarding the legal options that exist for individuals who find themselves caught up in such regrettable circumstances.
Mr. Thompson explained, “Bar owners have a legal duty to make sure their customers and employees are reasonably safe from the threat of violent crimes, especially if these can be considered preventable. It’s important to understand that, in some bar shooting cases, the violence could have been prevented if it weren’t for inadequate or negligent security at the business.”
Bobby continued, “In order for a bar owner to be held liable in a lawsuit, the victim’s legal counsel must establish that the shooting was reasonably foreseeable and that some form of property owner negligence played a role in enabling the shooting to occur. This can be complicated, but an experienced crime victim attorney can help victims and their families navigate the legal system and take action against the bar owner in cases where negligence existed.”