Portland Police Investigate Fatal Strip Club Shooting
The Portland Police Bureau is investigating a fatal shooting that left one man dead outside of Dream On Saloon early Tuesday morning.
Officers responded to reports of a disturbance and shots fired at the intersection of Southeast 160th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street at around 2:33 a.m.
A 911 caller told an operator that a private security guard from the strip club had shot a man. The caller said that two men approached the security guard in the parking lot and a disturbance ensued. The security guard then reportedly shot one of the men. Both men then ran south away from the building.
Officers arrived, found the wounded man nearby, and gave him treatment. He was then transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. He eventually passed away at the hospital.
The second man involved was arrested. The security guard has been cooperating with police and has not been charged.
Dream On Saloon Ordered to Employ Full-Time Security Guard
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission had ordered the Dream On Saloon to employ a full-time security guard on the property because of past violent incidents involving the strip club. This order was placed on the club after another man was shot and killed on the sidewalk outside of the business on November 15, 2018. A second man was wounded in that shooting and survived.
Are Club Owners Liable for Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney is a former prosecutor who now represents crime victims in civil cases. We’ve asked him to share some thoughts on bar and nightclub owner liability for shootings and other violent incidents:
The owner of bars, nightclubs, and all other types of businesses have an obligation to keep their customers, employees, and other visitors to their properties safe. In fact, all property owners are legally required to ensure that their premises are free from foreseeable dangers which could result in injuries, illnesses, or death. Foreseeable violent crime is one of the foreseeable dangers that property owners need to guard against.
Some shootings in bars and nightclubs only occur because the property owner was negligent and failed to prevent the shooting. For example, if a shooting happens in a bar with a prior history of violent incidents, the bar owner might be considered liable if he or she failed to make security improvements, such as hiring security guards and requiring guests to be searched for weapons. When negligence is involved, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one was wounded or killed in a bar or nightclub shooting, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to one of our experienced crime victim attorneys.