Seven injured by shooting at a Bar in Cleveland Ohio.
The incident took place at 1:30am on Thursday, July 25, 2018 outside DPG Dog Pound Bar on St. Clair Avenue and East 186th Street.
According to local news reporting from Cleveland.com, a fight broke out in the parking lot of the strip mall where the bar is located between two females. There were approximately 100 people in the parking lot who were allegedly refused admission to the bar due to a policy of not letting anyone over 30 into the bar.
Q Money, a rapper, advertised via his social media accounts that he was shooting a music video inside of DPG Dog Pound Bar that night, which may have resulted in the large crowds at the bar.
Police have yet to release any video from cameras on the scene. No suspects have been identified as of the time of writing this article.
Who was injured during the shooting outside DPG Dog Pound Bar?
According to Cleveland.com, a fight broke out between two women in the parking lot. Several men then became involved. One of the men wearing a green t-shirt fired several shots into the crowd resulting in seven injuries.
Those injured include a 27 year old Warrensville Heights resident who was trying to break up the fight, along with one of the videographers who was present working on the Q Money music video.
Three of the injured were taken to hospital by ambulance in serious condition and four of the victims were brought by car to local emergency rooms.
According to one news story, officers found dozens of bullet casings outside the bar.
Was There A History Of Violence In The Area?
In September 2017, over Labor Day Weekend, a 33 year old, Dennis Edwards, was shot and killed while standing outside of the bar by a drive-by shooter. For more news coverage on that incident click here.
Do The Injured Victims Have Any Legal Recourse?
We discussed this incident with Brian Kent, an experienced lawyer representing victims of crime in civil cases who have suffered injuries.
Mr. Kent stated that patrons of a bar have a duty to ensure patrons and people on the premises, including the parking lot are safe from harm.
“The key question is whether the business owners were on notice of the fact that violent crime happens on or in close proximity to the business premises. If there is notice, then a business owner must take reasonable steps to protect those who are on the property. Also a business owner should not create conditions that are foreseeably dangerous.”
Mr. Kent is currently representing several victims of crimes in lawsuits against bars and nightclubs for failure to provide adequate security.