Suspect Arrested Following Shooting at Visions Strip Club
Five people were injured in a strip club brawl in Madison on Sunday, December 9. Police were called to Visions Night Club on E. Washington Avenue at around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning for a report of a large fight and gunfire. After arriving, police found a large crowd and five injured individuals – four of whom were shot and another who was stabbed in the melee.
One of the gunshot victims required surgery but is currently in stable condition. The other victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were treated at local hospitals. The victims range in age from 31 to 45 and all are expected to survive.
When the violence occurred, there were about 40 to 50 customers present at the bar. Police believe that the incident may have started as a dispute over a re-entry issue when a customer was kicked out of the bar.
No information regarding possible suspects has been released at this time.
Are Club Owners Liable For Shootings and Stabbings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney is a former criminal prosecutor who now represents crime victims in civil lawsuits, helping them find answers and financial support for the damages they’ve suffered. Here are some of Brian’s thoughts on bar and club owner liability for shootings and stabbings:
Like all other types of property owners, the owners of bars and nightclubs have a legal responsibility to keep their premises safe from foreseeable dangers that could result in injuries to their patrons, employees, and others who visit their properties. Protections against reasonably foreseeable violent crime are part of this legal responsibility.
When a shooting or stabbing occurs at a bar or nightclub, it’s important to determine if the property owner met their legal responsibility to safety. In cases where inadequate security or another form of negligence enabled a violent incident to occur, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit. For example, the owner of a club in a high-crime area could possibly be held liable for a shooting if they failed to have security measures in place, such as security guards and weapons searches.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed during a shooting or stabbing at a bar or nightclub, we understand the difficulties your family is facing. You can learn more about how the legal system can help by speaking to one of our experienced crime victim attorneys.