Police in Roanoke are investigating a bar shooting that hospitalized one victim in the early hours of Friday, September 21. Dispatch received calls at around 1:30 a.m. for a shooting at the 1st Down Sports Lounge in Southwest Roanoke, at the intersection of Bridge Street and Russell Avenue.
The unnamed victim was shot several times. He was brought to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. Police were at the scene for several hours and taped off the area surrounding the bar. No arrests have been made.
In a report by 10 News in Roanoke, neighbors told reporters that the police are often called to the sports lounge for disturbances.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazan helps the victims of preventable violent crime get the justice and financial compensation they deserve. Here is his legal commentary on the legal rights of bar shooting victims and their families.
According to premises liability laws, all property owners have a legal obligation to keep their premises free of preventable dangers. These laws are often cited in personal injury lawsuits, such as injuries incurred during a slip and fall on a slippery sidewalk outside of a business. But premises liability can also apply to shootings, stabbings, and other incidents that occur at businesses, including bars and nightclubs.
In some cases of bar violence, the incident may have been preventable if it weren’t for negligence on the part of the property owner. For example, bars with a history of violent incidents or calls to the police can take preventative measures to reduce the risk of violent crime, such as hiring security guards and conducting weapons searches before customers can enter the bar. A failure to take preventative measures against foreseeable violent crime often constitutes negligence.
If you or a loved one has been wounded or killed during a violent incident at a bar or nightclub and you’d like to learn more about your legal options, we advise discussing your case with an experienced gun crimes injury lawyer.