On March 7th a fight, which eventually led to a triple stabbing, broke out inside of Just A Tavern Bar located at 508 Broad Ave, North Belle Vernon, PA. 2 CBS Pittsburgh, a local news source, claims that one woman and two men were stabbed during the brawl. The woman is said to have suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown in a helicopter to the local hospital.
Police have identified the suspect as Eric Cook and have a warrant out for his arrest. According to another customer of the bar, Cook had pulled out his knife earlier that night to show it off. No additional information has been released about Cook’s arrest.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents bar shooting victims and their families in lawsuits against a business for shootings.
“Commercial property owners of places like bars have a crucial legal duty to make sure their patrons and employees are safe from the threat of preventable violent crime. Bar owners must provide adequate security based on prior violent crime that has occurred on their property or the surrounding area”, said Mr. Kent.
“If a bar owner fails to provide adequate security and a shooting occurs on their property due to the negligent security, then the owner may be held partially liable. However, these cases can be complex. The victim’s attorney must prove that the shooting was reasonably foreseeable and that some form of property owner negligence played a role in enabling the shooting”, Mr. Kent explained.