According to ABC News 10, a shooting occurred in the Tropics Bar and Restaurant parking lot located at 201 S Brandywine Ave, Schenectady, NY 12307.
Early morning Sunday, September 5, 2021, police were called to the bar's parking lot following a shooting. They arrived to find two victims of gunshot wounds. One female victim had been shot in the leg, while another male victim was shot in the chest. The female victim was transported to the Albany Medical Center and is in stable condition. The other victim was taken to Ellis Hospital but died later that morning.
Staff from Ellis Hospital alerted the police of the third victim as they had come in with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. They are currently in stable condition.
Police are still gathering evidence and investigating for leads.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville is an experienced violent crimes attorney that works with victims in civil lawsuits. Laurence has provided some information on the legal right of victims shot in a bar parking lot and their families.
"Bar owners are legally obligated to provide a level of protection for customers and staff while on their property. The bar owner should protect them from preventable dangers by providing sufficient security to ensure customers' safety. An example of such security could include security cameras, hired security guards, good lighting throughout the property. If a victim is shot on the bar's property, the victim and their family should inquire if adequate security was provided. If it was not provided, the victim and their family might have grounds to pursue a civil lawsuit based on negligence."
"To have sufficient grounds for a civil lawsuit, the victims' attorney has to prove that the case was a result of a reasonably foreseeable crime. For example, if the crime rate in the area was increasing but the owner did not improve security measures on the property, crimes that take place on the property could be considered foreseeable. In these cases, the owner could be considered negligent and held liable for the victim's injuries. In negligence cases, the victim should employ the counsel of an experienced violent crimes attorney to receive justice and possible compensation for the damages."