Three people suffered serious gunshot injuries in a bar shooting at The Wet Spot in Palm Bay on Sunday afternoon.
Police responded to reports of a shooting at the bar's outdoor patio section at around 3 p.m. on Sunday. The bar is located on U.S. Route 1 near Robert J. Conlan Boulevard.
All three of the victims were seriously injured. Two were brought to the trauma unit at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.
According to the authorities, the shooting happened during a memorial for a woman who recently committed suicide.
The police are speaking with witnesses and victims and attempting to establish a motive. No arrests have been made as of Tuesday afternoon, May 21.
The police have asked anyone with information related to the shooting to contact them at (321) 952-3456.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard represents bar shooting victims and their families in civil cases. Here are some general thoughts from Michael regarding the legal rights of these victims and families:
Bar owners have a legal duty to do all in their power to ensure the safety of their customers, employees, and other property visitors. This includes protecting against foreseeable dangers. Providing reasonable security standards is a key part of this legal duty.
In some bar shooting cases, the shooting may have been prevented if the bar owner hadn't failed to meet their security obligations. For example, if there had been a history of violence at the bar, the owner would have a legal duty to improve security. If no efforts to improve security were made, the victims and their families could have grounds for a lawsuit.
Each bar shooting case is unique and liability depends on the specific circumstances of the case. If you or a loved one is a victim of a bar shooting and you'd like to learn more about your family's legal options, we advise discussing your case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.