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The Tilted Turtle, where 3 people were injured in a shooting on Apr 21.

3 Injured, 2 Critically, in Modesto Bar Shooting

Three people were wounded in a shooting at a crowded bar in Modesto early Sunday morning.

Police responded to reports of shots fired at the Tilted Turtle on Ninth Street at around 12:30 a.m. Responding officers found a 25-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man inside of the bar with gunshot wounds. They were hospitalized in critical condition. A third victim was also hospitalized and is expected to survive.

According to the police, the shooting happened during a scheduled event at the Trippy Turtle and the bar was extremely crowded.

As of Monday morning, no arrests have yet been made. The Modesto police have encouraged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636.

Are Bar Owners Liable for Bar Shootings?

Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents shooting victims and their families in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked Brian to share some thoughts on bar owner liability for shootings on their properties:

Bar owners have a legal obligation to make sure their customers, employees, and other visitors are reasonably safe. This includes having adequate security measures which can reduce the risk of violent crime. While not all violent crime is preventable, there are some bar shooting cases that could have potentially been prevented if it weren’t for inadequate security or another form of bar owner negligence.

Generally, a bar owner can be held liable for a shooting if the shooting was reasonably foreseeable and could have been prevented with better security standards. For example, if the bar where a shooting occurred had a previous history of violence but no security measures in place (such as guards and weapons searches), the bar owner could be held liable if the victims of the shooting file a lawsuit.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a bar or nightclub shooting, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking with an experienced crime victim attorney in a free consultation.

Local News Coverage from ABC 10 in Sacramento, CA

Location of the Tilted Turtle in Modesto, CA

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