According to CBS Chicago, on Saturday around 2:17 a.m. police responded to calls about a shooting at Sunset Bar located on 5844 U.S. Highway 6 Portage, Indiana.
Upon arrival, officers found approximately 80 customers in the parking lot of the bar. Fights were happening inside of the crowd, but the officers were able to shut down the chaos. The initial dispute allegedly started inside of the bar and moved into the parking lot.
Three men ended up being shot in the crowd. All three victims were hospitalized for their injuries and are expected to recover.
Witnesses on the scene refused to cooperate with police, so there is very little known information about the cause of the brawl. Additionally, no suspects have been identified.
Jeff Gibson, a gun crimes injury lawyer, has experience representing bar shooting victims in civil lawsuits. Mr. Gibson has offered to share his knowledge on the legal options available to these victims and their families.
“It is the legal duty of any commercial property owner, including owners of bar and parking lots, to protect their patrons and employees from any reasonably foreseeable dangers. Property owners must ensure that they provide adequate security on the premises. If a shooting were to occur on a property due to inadequate security, then the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the owner,” explains Mr. Gibson.
“Generally speaking, in order for a bar owner to be held liable, a violent crime must be deemed reasonably foreseeable. For instance, if the bar has had a previous history of violent crime and no security improvements were made, then the owner may be considered partially responsible if someone is injured in a shooting. Essentially, if a reasonably foreseeable shooting occurs due to inadequate security, then the property owner may be considered liable,” states Mr. Gibson.