Police in Pensacola are continuing to search for the suspect in a Saturday morning shooting that left two patrons wounded at Arety's Angels. 30-year-old Mark Harris is wanted on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder.
Officers responded to reports of shots fired at Arety's Angels, located at 11 E. Fairfield Drive, at around 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. Upon arrival, they found two victims with non-life-threatening injuries.
The police have released a description of Harris. He is a black male and is approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds. He has short black dreadlocks and brown eyes.
Harris' last known address was on the 6600 block of Hampton Road in Pensacola. Anyone with information about his whereabouts has been asked to contact the Pensacola Police Department at 850-435-1901.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard represents shooting victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Here is some insight from Michael on the legal options available to victims of bar and nightclub shootings:
The owners of bars and nightclubs have a legal duty to make sure their patrons and employees are safe from preventable dangers, including foreseeable violent crime. Security is a key responsibility for any property owner, as it's critical to have adequate security standards which can reduce the risk of shootings, stabbings, and other violence. When a shooting happens at a club and people are injured or killed, it's important to determine if the shooting occurred due to the negligence of the property owner.
For example, a bar owner might be considered negligent in a shooting case if they failed to have any security measures in place, such as security guards, metal detectors upon entry, or cameras. In cases involving negligence, bar shooting victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar owner.
Determining negligence in a bar shooting case is a complicated process. If you or someone you love has recently become the victim of a bar shooting, you can learn more about your family's legal options by speaking to an experienced crime victim attorney.