Six people were injured early Thursday morning during a shooting in the parking lot of a South Bend bar. Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert for reports of a shooting at the bar in the 300 block of West Marion Street at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.
According to the police, six people were shot in the parking lot at Frank’s Place, located at 327 West Marion Street. Four victims were found at the scene, while the other two walked to a nearby hospital. All of the injuries are considered non-life-threatening.
Police believe an altercation began inside of the bar and led to the parking lot shooting.
There is currently no suspect information and investigators remained on the scene Thursday afternoon.
Sometimes, bar shootings, stabbings, and other incidents of violence are the result of bar owner negligence. We’ve asked attorney contributor Jeff Gibson to add some information on bar owner liability for injuries and deaths suffered due to violent crime:
Bar owners and all other types of property owners have a legal obligation to keep their properties safe and free of preventable hazards. Having reasonable measures to reduce the risk of violent crime is part of this obligation. When a bar owner fails to keep their customers and employees safe from the risk of violent crime and a shooting or stabbing occurs, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against a business for shooting.
For example, the owner of a bar with a history of violence may be considered negligent for failing to take action to reduce the risk of crime, such as hiring security guards and requiring guests to be searched for weapons.
Assigning property owner liability for a violent crime is a complicated legal process. If you or a loved one was recently wounded or killed during a violent incident at a bar, nightclub, or another business, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced crime victim attorney.