According to ABC7, there was a stabbing at Turtle Bay Bar, located at 987 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022. Police responded to the scene and found one person was stabbed, and four were slashed.
The incident began when a woman was dancing alone, and the suspect put his hands on the woman’s hips. The woman’s boyfriend confronted the suspect, which led to an escalation of the situation. The suspect then took out a knife and stabbed the woman’s boyfriend in the ribs. The victim’s friends tried to step in, and all four were slashed around their hands, arms, torso, or face.
Following the encounter, three victims were taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. One was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and the other two were treated for non-serious injuries. The other two victims refused medical attention.
Police described the suspect as a white male in his 20s. He fled the scene after the stabbings.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville, an experienced violent crime attorney, represents victims and their families involved in violent crimes in civil suits. Below, Laurence provided insight to help victims of stabbings determine if they have grounds for a lawsuit.
Laurence addressed the obligations of business owners to protect the safety of their customers. He said, “business owners are legally obligated to provide some form of security for their customers, guests, and visitors. Adequate security varies, but examples are having security cameras or guards. If property owners fail to improve security after previous incidents, they may be held liable in a civil lawsuit.”
He concluded by saying, “a victim’s attorney must prove negligence occurred on behalf of the business owner for the victim to have a case. A property owner could be considered negligent if the crime was reasonably foreseeable. A crime could be deemed foreseeable if crime previously occurred at the bar, and the owner willingly did not improve security. In such cases of negligence, monetary damages may be awarded to the victim or a family member.”