1 Suspect in Custody, Another On The Run After Music City Lounge Shooting
A suspect in the shooting death of a man in the parking lot outside of Music City Lounge surrendered to police on Friday. Investigators charged 29-year-old Craig Hodge Jr. with criminal homicide and attempted murder in the shooting that left 23-year-old Michael Battle dead with a gunshot wound to the chest. A woman who was involved in the altercation was also shot in the leg and is still recovering in the hospital.
Investigators believe that the incident began with an altercation between two women in the parking lot next to the bar. A gunman opened fire during this altercation at around 1:15 a.m., striking Battle and one of the women, who has not been identified.
Police are searching for the second woman involved in the incident, who has been identified as Raesha Johnson. The 30-year-old Johnson and Hodge Jr. allegedly fled the scene in a dark-colored sedan after the shooting. She has been charged with two counts of being an accessory after the fact, but is still a fugitive.
When Can Bar Owners Be Held Liable For Violence?
The victims of violent crime have legal rights in both criminal and civil courts. Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has offered to explain some of the legal options available to these victims and their families:
In the aftermath of a shooting or another violent incident at a bar or nightclub, the victims and their families often have many troubling questions. Who was responsible for the crime? Will they be arrested and prosecuted? And what more could have been done to prevent this tragedy?
The owners of bars, nightclubs, and all other types of property have a legal obligation to keep their properties safe from preventable dangers. In areas with high rates of violent crime or in bars with a history of violence, it’s important to make sure security is up to par. When inadequate security or another form of property owner negligence plays a role in failing to prevent a violent crime, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the property owner.
Establishing negligence for a bar shooting or stabbing is a complicated legal process. If you or someone you love was recently wounded or killed during a violent incident at a bar, nightclub, or another place of business, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced crime victim lawyer.