NBC Miami, a local news source, claims a man was stabbed in the rear parking lot of New Wave Billiards and Sports Bar located at 1403 southwest 107th Avenue. Police were called to the scene just before 3 a.m. on Thursday. The victim found stabbed in the abdomen was hospitalized and is in stable condition. There has been no further information released about the incident.
The stabbing incident was the not first violent crime to take place in this Miami parking lot. Two weeks prior to the stabbing, there was a shooting in the same shopping center parking lot at the New Wave Billiards and Sports Bar. A man was shot outside of a hookah lounge at around 1 a.m. on May 18th. Again, no additional information has been released about the incident.
Michael Haggard has experience representing parking lot stabbing victims in civil lawsuits.
"It is the legal duty of any commercial property owner, including owners of parking lots and bars, to protect their patrons and employees from any reasonably foreseeable violent crime. This includes making sure their property has adequate security measures in order to prevent crimes like shooting and stabbings", explained Mr. Haggard.
"Generally speaking, in order for a parking lot owner to be held liable a violent crime must be considered reasonably foreseeable and needs to have only occurred due to negligent security. For instance, if the parking lot has had a prior history of violent crime and no security improvements were made, then the owner may be considered partially responsible for the crime that took place", stated Mr. Haggard.