Lawyer Comments: Shooting victim lawyer Reed Martens discusses the legal rights of bar shooting victims in the second section of this story.
Three men were wounded in a shooting outside of Midtown Sports Bar and Grill in north St. Louis in the early hours of Friday, March 20.
Police responded to reports of a shooting near the intersection of North Market Street and Prairie Avenue in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood at around 1:15 a.m. on March 20.
Police said that they found several shell casings spread throughout the scene. It is not clear if the men were at Midtown Sports Bar and Grill prior to the shooting.
All three men were hospitalized and were conscious when police came to the scene. Two of the men, ages 28 and 29, were in critical condition. The third man was in stable condition and had less serious injuries.
No information regarding suspects is available at this time.
There was a shooting at Midtown Sports Bar and Grill in May 2019 and three people were wounded.
Shooting victim lawyer Reed Martens helps bar shooting victims and their families recover financial compensation for the personal and economic difficulties they face. Reed has some general information to add regarding the legal rights of these victims and families:
Shooting investigations must cover all aspects of the shooting. Along with identifying and charging a suspect, it's important to determine if and how the shooting could have been prevented. Some shootings only happen due to negligence by a third party, such as the owner of a bar where the shooting took place.
Bar owners and all other business owners have a legal duty to make sure their premises are safe from preventable dangers, including foreseeable violent crime. If a shooting is deemed foreseeable, it's possible the bar owner could be deemed negligent.
For example, if there had been previous shootings at the same bar, the owner would have a legal duty to attempt to improve safety at the bar through measures like security guards and weapons searches on patrons. If the owner failed to attempt to improve safety, the owner could possibly be deemed negligent. In cases of negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
You can learn more about your legal rights as a bar shooting victim by discussing your case with one of our experienced crime victim lawyers.