According to DailyNews, police responded to calls about a shooting at the Floridita restaurant and bar located at 3856 10th Ave, New York, NY 10034, on January 20th, around 4:50 am.
The shooting at the bar resulted in the death of a Bronx father celebrating his birthday and two others injured. The altercation occurred after the father’s friend bumped into someone at the bar. The friend apologized, but the man attempted to punch him. Following, the man grabbed a gun from the woman he was with at the bar, according to surveillance footage.
Once police arrived at the scene, medics took 58-year-old Edy Corniel to St Barnabas Hospital, where he passed away. The other two victims were a woman and a 29-year-old man. The woman, believed to be hit by a stray bullet, was taken to Harlem Hospital but was in stable condition. The third victim was shot in the leg but in stable condition.
Authorities did not release the name of the perpetrator.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville, an experienced violent crime lawyer, represents victims of violent crimes and their families in civil suits. We asked Laurence to provide insight into the rights of a victim of a shooting at a restaurant or bar.
Laurence shared the legal responsibility of restaurant owners to uphold the safety of their customers. Laurence said restaurant owners have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of customers on their property. To ensure the safety of their customers, restaurants must provide security. Examples of ample protection are security cameras, good lighting, or security guards. Laurence furthered the restaurant owners’ obligation when he said if adequate security measures are not put in place by property owners, they can be held negligent in a civil lawsuit.
Laurence highlighted the legal options of victims of violent crimes and their families by highlighting the proper steps. He insisted victims should ensure they acquire the services of a crime victim attorney. A victim can have a case if their lawyer can prove the crime was foreseeable. A crime is reasonably foreseeable after a shooting if the property owner did not implement adequate security after knowing about previous criminal activity. In reasonably foreseeable violent crime cases, the victim and their family may have a claim.