4 in Stable Condition After Halftime Sports Bar Shooting
Four people were injured and hospitalized in stable condition following a shooting inside of Halftime Sports Bar in Oakland early Sunday morning.
Two men and two women were shot at around 12:33 a.m. at the sports bar, located at 316 14th St. The women were both 26 years old and the men were ages 25 and 29.
Police said the victims were attending a birthday party at the bar. They also said that the suspect got into an argument with the 29-year-old male victim and that this argument escalated until the suspect pulled out a gun and began shooting.
A suspect was arrested shortly after the shooting. The name of that suspect and the names of the victims have not been released.
Are Bar Owners Liable for Shootings on Their Properties?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney is a former prosecutor who now helps crime victims and their families recover financial compensation in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to share some info on bar owner liability for shootings and other violent incidents:
Property owners have a responsibility to make sure their properties are safe from foreseeable dangers. This includes protections against reasonably foreseeable violent crime. Well-trained security guards, cameras, metal detectors, and mandatory weapons pat-downs are a few examples of ways that bar owners can keep their premises protected from the threat of violent crime. But sometimes, inadequate security and other forms of negligence allow bar shootings to happen.
In the aftermath of a bar shooting, it’s important to arrest the perpetrator and to investigate the bar to determine if the shooting was preventable. If the shooting is considered reasonably foreseeable (which may be the case if there was previous violence at the bar), the bar owner may be held liable for damages if negligence allowed the shooting to happen. In such cases of negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Have you or a loved one been injured or killed in a bar shooting? We understand how difficult this time has been for your family and we want to help you find justice. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking to one of our experienced crime victim lawyers.
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Location of Halftime Sports Bar in Oakland, CA