San Antonio police have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting death of 26-year-old Terrence Lamont Scott at Chaser's Sports Bar. 24-year-old Tremaurya Powell was arrested on Monday, December 17th on the Northeast Side of San Antonio. He has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting and killing Scott outside of the sports bar on the 1000 block of Patricia Drive on November 17.
Officers were called to the bar on reports of a shooting at around 1 a.m. After arriving at the bar, officers found Scott with multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A woman had also been shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. She was brought to the hospital in stable condition.
Police do not yet have an official motive for the shooting, but witnesses told them that the two men got into a fight beforehand.
Powell will also be charged on six outstanding warrants, including two unrelated felonies.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan represents the rights of crime victims in civil court. Here is some insight from Marc into the legal options available to bar shooting victims and their families:
Employee and customer safety needs to be the top priority for any bar owner. Like all other property owners, the owners of bars and nightclubs are legally required to safeguard their businesses from the risk of foreseeable dangers. In some cases, violent crime falls under this category as a foreseeable danger. When a shooting or stabbing incident happens at a bar or nightclub, it's important to determine if the incident could have been prevented by better safety standards from ownership.
For example, the owner of a bar with a history of violent incidents has a legal duty to have safety measures in place to reduce the risk of further violence - such as hired security guards who search guests for weapons upon entry. If inadequate security or another form of negligence allowed the shooting to occur, then the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bar shooting, you may be able to find justice in both criminal and civil courts. You can learn more about your family's legal options by contacting an experienced crime victim attorney.