Last Updated: 7/13/2020
Four men suffered gunshot wounds in a shooting inside of a bar in southeast Stockton early Sunday morning. The shooting happened at El Tahur Sports Bar, located at 2539 E. Main Street, at around 1:30 a.m. Police believe that some type of disturbance at the bar led to the shooting.
All four victims, who have not been identified, were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment. One of the four men was listed in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon and the other three are expected to survive their injuries.
Police officers, detectives, and evidence technicians were all at the scene late Sunday morning. Police are searching for two men in connection with the shooting and no arrests have yet been made.
There have been several past incidents of violence at El Tahur Sports Bar.
In July 2012, 33-year-old Francisco Hernandez Jr. was shot and killed at the bar. In October of 2001, 20-year-old Jesus Picazo and 35-year-old Guadalupe Marin were killed in a shooting and a third man was injured. In December 2010, a 25-year-old customer was assaulted by five men after leaving the bar.
Bobby Thompson is an attorney contributor for the Legal Herald and he has spent much of his career focusing on violent crimes. He offered to share his comments on what legal options there are for bar shooting victims:
“Bars have a duty to their patrons to provide a safe environment and to protect against reasonably foreseeable risks. For example, providing adequate parking lot lighting to deter parking lot robberies, or installing metal detectors to reduce the risk of a shooting on the property. If a shooting may have been prevented by the bar then there is a possibility that bar can be held negligent. Shooting victims or their families can file a lawsuit against a bar in these situations and may be able to receive damages depending on the court’s ruling.”