Police in Syracuse arrested two men following a shooting at Tommy’s Park bar on Thursday night. 24-year-old Kevin Ranzinger was charged with second-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and resisting arrest. 29-year-old Isiah Coker was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
At around 10:30 p.m., officers were patrolling near the bar at the corner of Butternut and Park streets when they saw a disturbance. During an altercation, a 31-year-old man was shot in the chest. Two gunmen fled the scene but police arrested them shortly after. The victim was brought to Upstate University Hospital and was listed in critical condition, but is expected to survive.
Officers discovered two loaded handguns at the scene. The two suspects are being held at Onondaga County Justice Center. The victim’s name has not been released.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville specializes in helping crime victims find justice. He would like to discuss some general points on property owner liability when a violent incident happens in a bar or nightclub:
For responsible business owners, making sure that their customers are safe from preventable dangers is a priority. All property owners are legally obligated to keep their premises reasonably safe from any foreseeable dangers, including violent crime. While not all violent incidents are foreseeable, some of these incidents occur in areas or venues where there is a well-known risk of violent crime.
In some cases, negligent security is to blame for failing to prevent violence. For instance, a bar located in an area with high rates of violent crime could take measures to reduce crime at their establishment, such as hiring security staff and conducting searches.
Additionally, sometimes customers are served too much alcohol and become violent as a result. Sometimes, a dram shop lawsuit can be brought against a bar owner for bar fights, shootings, and stabbings.
If you or someone you love recently became the victim of violent crime at a bar or nightclub, we advise discussing your legal options with an experienced crime victim lawyer.