Hill District Man Arrested For Shooting Outside Uptown Pittsburgh Bar
A Hill District man was arrested and charged in a shooting that occurred outside of Ace’s Deuce’s Lounge in Uptown Pittsburgh. 37-year-old Daniel Fancher was arrested on Wednesday, July 25 in connection with the shooting that left a 46-year-old man wounded outside of the bar on the 1400 block of Fifth Avenue. The victim has not been named and was brought to a nearby hospital in stable condition. He is expected to recover.
Fancher has been charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, fleeing and eluding police, and other charges. According to police, witnesses said Fancher began verbally abusing the victim outside of the bar. The victim punched Fanter in the face in retaliation, then again in the stomach when Fancher attempted to stand up. Fancher then filed a single shot at the victim, ran to a nearby vehicle, and drove away.
Does This Bar Have A Violent Reputation?
This is not the first time that Ace’s Deuce’s Lounge has been in the news for violent crime. At least two other men have been shot and killed outside of the bars in separate incidents over the past few years. In 2012, someone fired gunshots into the bar, but no one was struck by a bullet.
Are Bar Owners Liable For Violence On Their Premises?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent has offered some perspective on business owner liability for violent incidents:
Many incidents of violence in and outside of bars could be considered preventable. While some incidents are not foreseeable, others occur because bar ownership failed to take precautions for reducing the risk of violence. For instance, if a bar has a history of violence then the owner has an obligation to have some sort of security measures in place, such as a bouncer who pats down customers before entry to check for weapons.
When a bar owner fails to have adequate security and a patron gets injured in a violent incident, that victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar owner under the legal principle known as premises liability. This law requires property owners to take all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of injury or death to their customers, guests, and employees. Premises liability lawsuits are complex and highly dependent on the specific circumstances of an incident. Determining if you have grounds for a lawsuit as the victim of a shooting or stabbing at a bar or nightclub will require a careful review of your case by an experienced crime victim lawyer.