SLC Police Investigate Shooting at Moose Lounge
On September 2, Salt Lake City police officers were called to the Moose Lounge on reports of a shooting involving one victim who had been shot several times. After arriving on the scene, officers were told that the victim was brought to the hospital by friends. The victim was then taken by a medical hospital to another hospital. He was listed in critical condition.
According to police, witnesses said that three people, including one of the suspects, fled the scene in a car shortly before officers arrived. The witnesses wrote down the license plate and provided it to police, who then traced the vehicle to a home near 4100 South 500 East. Officers questioned two people at that home, but no arrests were made.
An investigation into this incident is ongoing, but no further details have been released at this time.
Other Incidents at the Moose Lounge
This is not the first time that the Moose Lounge has made headlines for violence.
Earlier this year, the owner of the club, 36-year-old Jorge Adan Bizarro, was arrested and charged with three counts of forcible sexual abuse. Three former employees of Bizarro accused him of sexually assaulting them, and two of the three alleged victims claimed to have been assaulted at the Moose Lounge.
In September 2017, two security guards were stabbed during a confrontation with a bar patron who had been asked to leave the Moose Lounge.
In 2015, Andre Takahashi was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing a man seven times at the Moose Lounge.
Are Bar Owners Liable For Shootings and Stabbings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps the victims of foreseeable violent crime find justice and financial compensation. We’ve asked him to add some information on bar owner liability for violent incidents:
In the interest of public safety, all property owners are required to keep their properties free of foreseeable dangers. Along with guarding against accident hazards like slippery floors, property owners must also be prepared to reduce the risk of foreseeable violent crime, such as bar shootings or stabbings.
Bar owners can be held liable for shootings and stabbings on their property if their negligence played a role in the incident. For example, the owner of a bar with a history of fights and violence may be considered negligent if they fail to make efforts to improve safety, such as hiring security guards and checking guests for weapons before they enter.
If you or someone you love was the victim of violence at a bar or nightclub, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced crime victim attorney.