According to News 4 San Antonio, a man was shot outside the El Patio Bar located at 1001 Frio City Rd, San Antonio, TX 78207.
On Monday, February 14, 2022, just after 2:30 a.m., gunfire erupted outside of the bar. A man heard the shots and drove away only to notice moments later that he had been shot. He returned to the bar and called the police. The victim is in stable condition but told police he believed the gunshots came from the bar's security guard. The guard was held for questioning by the police, but the investigation is ongoing.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan is an experienced gun crimes injury lawyer who handles lawsuits involving violent crimes, like bar shootings. During an interview with Legal Herald, he recently discussed the legal options available for victims injured by bar security.
"By law, bar owners are bound to premises liability laws that allow them to be held liable for injuries occurring on their property. Bar owners are responsible for providing security on their property to reduce the risk of violence and preventable dangers. Often bars and nightclubs will have well-lit parking lots, video surveillance, and on-site security guards to ensure their property is safe for their patrons and staff. When a bar owner does not fulfill its commitment to preventing foreseeable injuries, such as those caused by stabbings and shootings, they can be held liable. Also, if an owner did not improve the establishment's safety knowing of an increase in violence, they could be held liable for their part in the crime."
"Additionally, the bar can be held liable for negligence if their hired security causes harm to a victim. This may be difficult to prove, but with the help of an experienced gun crimes injury lawyer, victims may have grounds to file a lawsuit for an injury caused by the bar's security, such as a gunshot wound. Filing a civil suit will likely be the best legal route to take to secure compensation for the damages to the victims."