CBS Pittsburgh has reported that a shooting took place at Woodpeckers Pub & Grub located at 3500 7th Street Rd, New Kensington, PA 15068.
Just after 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2021, a man was shot outside the Upper Burrell bar. Patrons held down the shooter until the police were able to apprehend him. His identity has not been released as they continue to investigate.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents shooting victims and their families in civil lawsuits. He helps victims and their families explore their legal options. Recently Brian has shared some of his thoughts regarding when a bar owner can be held liable for a shooting on bar property.
"It should be a top priority of bar owners to address the safety of their patrons and staff. It is a given that violence can be a problem at bars, and these bar owners should do whatever possible to ensure their properties are secure from the threat of preventable violence, like shootings and stabbings. If victims are injured or killed in a bar shooting, it's essential to determine if the shooting was preventable. Many times the bar can be found negligent if their safety measures were lacking during the violent crime. These can include hiring security guards, having good lighting, and installing cameras throughout the property. These measures, along with others, are necessary to reduce the risk of preventable crimes."
"If a bar shooting happens in part due to negligence by the bar owner, the owner can be found liable in a lawsuit. Foreseeability plays a crucial role in determining if a shooting occurred due to negligence. If the bar had previous issues with violence or the area's crime rate was on the rise, yet the bar owner did not improve their security, the shooting might be foreseeable. This negligence could result in the bar owner being held liable in a bar shooting lawsuit. Victims of bar shootings should seek the advice of an experienced shooting victim lawyer."