Detectives Investigating Shooting at Mermaids Lounge
Sheriff’s deputies in Hernando County are investigating a shooting that left one man wounded at a bar in Spring Hill on Thursday.
According to the sheriff’s office, a 29-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds was dropped off at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville at around 11:30 p.m. Deputies responded to the hospital and located the man in the ER.
Deputies determined that the man had been shot at Mermaids Lounge, located at 4564 Commercial Way in Spring Hill. They visited the scene to investigate. No other injuries were reported. Deputies are continuing to investigate this shooting.
No further information regarding this shooting is available at this time. The victim was undergoing treatment at Oak Hill Hospital as of Friday morning.
Are Bar Owners Liable for Shootings and Stabbings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a former criminal prosecutor who now represents crime victims in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to discuss bar owner liability for shootings, stabbings, and other violent incidents:
The owners of bars and all other properties are legally required to make sure their properties are free from preventable dangers that could hurt their customers. As part of these legal requirements, property owners must provide adequate security in order to reduce the risk of foreseeable violent crime. When a shooting or stabbing happens at a bar or nightclub because of property owner negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
In order to have a case, the victims will need to establish that the shooting was foreseeable and only occurred because of inadequate security or another form of negligence. For example, if the bar had a previous history of violence and did not take steps to reduce the risk of further incidents (such as hiring security guards), the bar owner might be considered liable in a lawsuit. This is a complicated process which will require assistance from an experienced crime victim attorney.
If you or a loved one was wounded or killed in a shooting at a bar or nightclub, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to one of our experienced crime victim attorneys in a free consultation.