Richland County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Shooting at Faces Lounge
Officers with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a shooting that left five people injured at a Columbia nightclub in the early hours of New Year’s Day. Deputies responded to reports of a shooting at Faces Lounge after 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
Deputies say that shots were fired insight of the nightclub and that two men and three women were struck by bullets. All are expected to recover from their injuries. Two of the victims went to the hospital by ambulance, while the other three either drove themselves or were driven by others.
Deputies have one person of interest, but no suspects yet. The investigation into this shooting is ongoing.
Are Nightclub Owners Liable for Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents shooting victims in civil courts, helping them find the support and justice they deserve. We’ve asked him for some insight into nightclub owner liability for shootings and other violent incidents:
The owners of bars, nightclubs, and all other properties have a duty to keep their premises free from preventable dangers. This helps protect the safety of customers, employees, guests, and anyone else who visits the property. Foreseeable violent crime is covered under these premises liability laws. When a shooting happens at a bar or nightclub, it’s important to determine if ownership did all that they could to reduce the risk of such an incident.
In the aftermath of a nightclub shooting, after the victims have received medical attention and the suspect has been arrested, it’s important to determine if the property owner met their legal obligation to keep their premises safe from foreseeable violent crime. In some cases, property owner negligence directly contributed to a shooting. For example, the owner of a nightclub in an area with high violent crime rates might be considered negligent if they failed to enact security precautions, such as security guards and weapon searches for customers upon entry.
In cases which involve negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the nightclub owner. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a shooting at a nightclub or bar, you can learn more about your family’s legal rights by speaking to an experienced crime victim attorney.