Police in Tampa are on the hunt for two suspects in a nightclub shooting at Medusa Lounge earlier this month. The department has released a video shot from inside Medusa Lounge which appears to show the two suspects.
According to the authorities, two Hispanic men got into an argument with a group of people inside of the club, located at 7522 Armenia Avenue North. This altercation began shortly before 3 a.m. on February 2.
The victims started leaving the club and the two suspects followed them outside, where the argument escalated into a physical fight. Police say one of the suspects shot a victim in the chest and the other allegedly fired several shots into the air and the crowd outside of the club. Only one person was struck and their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Detectives say the two suspects fled the scene in a small and light-colored four-door vehicle. Anyone with information regarding this case has been asked to call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-8477.
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In the aftermath of a shooting at a bar or nightclub, there are many troubling concerns that must be addressed. The victims must be provided with the medical care and support they need and the perpetrator must be arrested and prosecuted. Additionally, it's important to ask if the property owner did all that they could to keep their venue safe from violence.
Property owners have a legal responsibility to keep their premises safe from preventable dangers, including foreseeable violent crime. Some bar and nightclub shootings are preventable and only happen because the property owner failed to adequately protect their premises. In these types of cases, the property owner may be considered negligent and the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
For example, a nightclub owner might be considered negligent if there were previous violent incidents at the nightclub owner but no efforts to improve security were made, such as hiring security guards who could search guests for weapons before entering the club.
Have you or a loved one been injured or killed in a bar or nightclub shooting? We understand how painful this time is for you and your family and we want to help you find the support you deserve. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced crime victim attorney.