Police Searching For Second Suspect in Kahuna’s Bar Shooting
Police have arrested one suspect and are looking for another in the fatal shooting of Troy Taylor outside of Kahuna’s Bar and Grill on September 14. The shooting happened shortly after midnight in the parking lot of the bar on Highway 90. Responding officers found Taylor with multiple gunshot wounds. He later died.
36-year-old Melina Tennort has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting. She voluntarily went to Ocean Springs police to talk to authorities about what she knew about the shooting. Tennort claimed to have no knowledge of the shooting, but investigators believed there was enough evidence to charge her with murder.
Police are still searching for 47-year-old Deshaude Jones, who is also wanted for the murder of Troy Taylor.
Can Bar Owners Be Held Liable For Shootings?
The victims of violent crime have legal rights, both in criminal and civil court. Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has offered to share some input into these rights:
The customers of bars and nightclubs have a right to feel safe from preventable dangers. In fact, the owners of these establishments are legally obligated to keep their properties safe of any foreseeable dangers which could result in injury or death to anyone on the property. Part of this obligation is safeguarding against the risk of violent crime.
Businesses in high-crime areas and those with a history of violent incidents have a duty to make efforts to improve security. For example, these establishments could hire security guards and subject customers to weapons searches. When inadequate or negligent security at a bar fails to prevent a shooting, stabbing, or other violent crime, the victims of that crime (and the families of those killed) may have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar owner.
If you or someone you love was the victim of a shooting at a bar or nightclub, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced crime victim lawyer.
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Location of Kahuna’s Bar and Grill in Ocean Springs