One man was arrested and another hospitalized following a shooting in the parking lot of GILT Nightclub in Orlando on August 19. The shooting happened at the nightclub near Baldwin Park on Bennett Road near East Colonial Drive at around 2:30 a.m.
23-year-old Peter Palacios told police that he was defending himself during a fight, but was arrested after witness accounts contradicted his original story.
The unnamed victim is expected to survive his injuries.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard has some thoughts to share on property owner liability for violent crime injuries and deaths:
Responsible business owners make sure that their properties are safe from any foreseeable dangers which could injure their customers. In fact, this is a legal requirement for all property owners. In some cases, violent crime may be considered foreseeable. In these instances, property owners can be held liable for damages if they failed to take measures to reduce the risk of violent crime on their property.
For example, the owner of a bar with a history of violent incidents could hire security guards and conduct searches for weapons before guests enter the bar.
If a property owner is aware of a high risk of crime but fails to act and a violent crime occurs, the victims of that crime (along with their families in fatal incidents) may have grounds for a lawsuit against the property owner.
It should be noted that assigning liability for a bar shooting or stabbing is a complicated process. In order to better understand your legal options, we advise discussing your case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.