Nashville, Tennessee – Jaime Sarrantonio and Bartley Teal Killed Outside The Cobra Bar

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The Cobra bar and music venue in Nashville, where two people were shot and killed on August 17.

Man and Woman Fatally Shot In The Cobra Parking Lot

A man and a woman were shot and killed in the early hours of Friday morning in the parking lot of a Nashville bar and music venue. Metro Nashville police were called to The Cobra in East Nashville at around 3:30 a.m. for reports of a robbery turned fatal shooting. Officers identified the victims as 30-year-old Jaime Sarrantonio and 33-year-old Bartley Teal, both from Nashville.

Sarrantonio and Teal left the bar with another man and woman and walked to a convenience store for snacks. All four individuals then returned to the parking lot, where two suspects allegedly attempted to rob the pair. Teal said that he didn’t have anything, and the suspects then shot him and Sarrantonio. The other man and woman were not shot during the incident.

Teal was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Sarrantonio was brought to Tristar Skyline Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Teal died in surgery Friday morning.

Detectives are currently searching for possible suspects. They say they have some leads and believe the suspects are two men, at least one with dreadlocks, traveling in a small later model Chevrolet.

When Can Bar Owners Be Held Liable For Violence?

Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney shares some thoughts on the legal rights of families of violent crime victims:

When innocent victims are killed in senseless acts of violence, their families are often left with many questions as they grieve. Who was responsible? Why did this happen? And could anything have been done that could have saved their lives?

While there may be little way to ease the pain of losing a loved one to violence, finding justice is important for many families. The police will handle part of this process by investigating the case, and hopefully arrest and prosecute the perpetrators. Additionally, crime victim lawyers help victims by determining if any third-party negligence contributed to the violent incident.

Business and property owners have a legal obligation to keep their premises safe from the risk of preventable injuries. Providing adequate security measures is a part of this obligation. In some cases, negligent security can allow preventable acts of violence to occur. In these cases, the victim’s family may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit against the property owner where the incident occurred.

Determining property owner liability following a violent incident is a complicated process. Families who are curious about their legal options should discuss their case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.

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About the Author:

Brian Kent, Esq. is a partner at Laffey, Bucci & Kent. Brian is nationally recognized as a leading attorney victims' rights lawyer. He has represented several clients who have been injured because of criminal actions of another including, sexual abuse cases, hit by drunk driver cases, and negligent security cases.

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