2 Wounded in Shooting at Liberty Tavern in Painesville
A man and a 16-year-old boy were wounded in a shooting at Liberty Tavern in Painesville early Friday morning. The shooting happened at around 12:30 a.m. at the bar located on Liberty Street, near the intersection with Frederick Street.
The boy suffered wounds to the leg and foot and remains hospitalized. No updates on his condition are currently available.
The man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. He was treated at TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township and has been released.
Police were called to the bar on reports of a large disturbance involving 15 to 20 individuals at the bar. Gunfire broke out as the officers were on their way to the bar.
The man who was shot was found walking down the street and he was transported to the hospital via ambulance. Officers were told that the teen had also been brought to the same hospital.
This shooting remains under investigation and no arrests had been made as of Friday morning.
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Legal Options For Bar Shooting Victims
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has offered to share some thoughts on the legal options available to bar shooting victims and their families:
Bar owners have a legal obligation to keep their patrons and employees safe from foreseeable hazards, including preventable violent crime. Not all violent crime is foreseeable, but some bar shootings may have been prevented if not for the negligence of the bar owner. In these cases, the victims and their families could have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar.
For instance, if the bar had a history of violence, the shooting might be considered reasonably foreseeable. If the bar owner failed to have adequate security standards in place, such as hired security guards, then he or she could be held liable if the victims and their families decide to file a lawsuit.
Bar owner negligence for shootings is complicated. In order to better understand your legal options as the victim of a bar shooting, we suggest discussing your case with an experienced crime victim attorney.
Location of Liberty Tavern in Painesville, OH
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