WPXI has reported a shooting occurred at the Club VIP located at 6525 Hamilton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
Police were called to an active shooter situation at the nightclub on Saturday, November 13, 2021. They arrived to find one victim with three gunshot wounds and several others injured from running to safety. The gunshot victim was taken in a private vehicle to the hospital for treatment.
After reviewing video footage, police reported that two men, Raymar Pack and Kyshem Woods, were seen together in the club. Woods was viewed pointing his firearm in the air as they exited the nightclub. Pack was arrested and Woods is still on the run. They are both facing felony charges of possession, risking a catastrophe, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, tampering with evidence, as well as disorderly conduct charges.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is an experienced shooting victim lawyer with years of experience representing nightclub shooting victims in private civil lawsuits. Brian recently sat down with us to answer the commonly asked question, Can a nightclub be held liable for shootings?
"Nightclub and bar owners, by law, have a strict responsibility to ensure their properties are safe. This legal obligation includes providing protection within the property to combat preventable violent crimes. Too often, fights, shootings, and stabbings occur at these types of establishments, so preventative measures should always be in place to reduce their occurrence in the first place. Without safety measures, like security cameras, adequate lighting, and hired security personnel, the nightclub opens the doors to these preventable crimes."
"If a nightclub shooting occurs and patrons are injured, an investigation into the suspect will take place. Additionally, the nightclub will be investigated to determine if sufficient safety measures were being implemented at the time of the incident. In many cases, a nightclub shooting could have been prevented if not for inadequate security or other types of negligence by the nightclub owner. For instance, the nightclub owner could be considered negligent for failing to increase its security following previous violence on the property or in the area. Such measures as hiring more security guards and conducting weapons searches could have further deterred the violence. Victims should continue to learn their legal options by consulting with an experienced shooting victim lawyer."