A 23-year-old man was shot in the parking lot of Club Venus, a gentleman’s club in Speedway, on Wednesday morning. The shooting occurred shortly after 2 a.m. A Speedway police officer hears shots and responded to the scene, where he found a man in the parking lot on 16th Street. The victim was hospitalized and listed in good condition.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Police have said that the victim has not been cooperative in their investigation. No information on potential suspects is available at this time.
This was not the first violent incident at Club Venus to make recent headlines.
In April 2018, an individual visited a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound to his foot. He had been shot at Club Venus.
In August 2017, two people were shot in the parking lot. One of those victims was found at the scene, while the other showed up at a nearby hospital.
In June 2017, security staff heard shots inside of the club. Later that night, two people showed up at the hospital with gunshot wounds.
Attorney contributor and gun crime lawyer Jeff Gibson helps the victims of preventable violence find the support they need. We’ve asked him to share some thoughts on liability for bar and nightclub shootings and other violent incidents:
Owning a business is a major responsibility, and making sure the business’s premises are safe is a key aspect of this responsibility. The owners of bars, nightclubs, and other businesses have a legal duty to protect their customers and employees from preventable hazards, which includes foreseeable violent crime.
Not all violent crime is foreseeable, but some incidents only occur because of negligent or inadequate security. In cases where a shooting or stabbing may have been prevented by better security standards, ownership could potentially be held liable if the victims of the violence choose to file a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed during a shooting at a bar or nightclub, we recommend speaking with an experienced crime victim lawyer to learn more about your legal options.