Police have arrested a suspect in the triple shooting that took place early Wednesday morning outside of the Plush Restaurant and Lounge in the Shockoe Bottom section of Richmond. 25-year-old Darroll G. Allen was arrested and charged with malicious wounded and a related firearm charge in connection with the nightclub shooting.
At around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, police were called on reports of a shooting outside of Plush Restaurant and Lounge on the 1700 block of East Main Street. After arriving at the scene, officers found two men and one woman with gunshot wounds. One of the two men was an employee at the club. All three victims were rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Both the Richmond police and the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority are investigating the shooting. VABCA does public safety investigation when violent incidents involving death or bodily harm occur in or near an alcohol-licensed business.
This latest violent incident in Shockoe Bottom has raised concerns about public safety in the area known as Richmond’s entertainment district. The neighborhood has been rocked with several violent incidents this year. According to an article by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, there have been 15 reported aggravated assaults in Shockoe Bottom since the beginning of 2018.
These incidents include at least three shootings and stabbings at nightclubs:
Neighbors, business owners, and police in the area are currently looking for ways to make this part of the city safer, especially in regards to the nightlife scene.
Attorney contributor and shooting victim lawyer Kevin Biniazan would like to share some information on civil liability in shootings and stabbings at bars and nightclubs:
In areas with high rates of violent crimes, it’s important for property owners in the area to do what they can to reduce these rates. Safeguarding against preventable dangers is part of the responsibility of owning property or a business, and this includes foreseeable crime. The owners of bars and nightclubs can take preventative measures like installing metal detectors or hiring security guards and patting down guests to check for weapons.
When a property owner fails to take steps to prevent violent crime when he or she is aware of the high risk of such crime in or around their property, he or she may be held liable if a violent crime victim decides to file a lawsuit.
If you or someone you love recently became the victim of violent crime and you are curious about your legal options, consider discussing your case with an experienced crime victim lawyer who can help you determine if any third parties are liable for failing to prevent the crime.