Arrest Made In Fatal Tulsa Club Shooting
Tulsa police arrested 40-year-old Michael Parker, alleging that he fatally shot another man in an argument outside of an after-hours nightclub in north Tulsa. According to investigators, Parker shot and killed 37-year-old John Wilson in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 22. The disturbance first began at another nightclub, 007 Protocrat Club at 3228 S. Sheridan Ave. Police believe Wilson was arguing with a woman at that club. They also believe that Wilson brandished a gun during the disturbance. Parker allegedly then retrieved his own firearm and shot Wilson outside of another club on the 2400 block of Yale Avenue.
Are Nightclub & Bar Shootings Common In Tulsa?
This shooting marked the 24th homicide of 2018 for Tulsa. Over the past year, several shootings have taken place in or outside of bars and nightclubs in Tulsa. Another fatal shooting took place in a nightclub parking lot in east Tulsa in December 2017. In October of that year, a man was shot and critically wounded outside of a bar in midtown Tulsa.
Can Nightclub Owners Be Held Liable For Failing To Prevent Shootings & Stabbings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has offered some thoughts on the responsibility bar and nightclub owners have to guard against violence:
When a shooting or stabbing occurs inside of a bar or begins inside of a bar and spills outside, it’s important to ask what measures could have been taken to prevent the violent incident. The owners of these establishments have a responsibility to keep their premises safe from foreseeable dangers. Part of that responsibility involves minimizing the risk of violence as much as possible.
In some cases, business owners can be held liable for violent incidents if they were aware that their business was at a higher risk for these incidents but failed to take any precautions to prevent violence. For instance, in a bar where a shooting had previously taken place, measures like security guards, pat-downs upon entry, and metal detectors can reduce the risk of another violent incident happening on the premises.
It should be noted that liability in cases involving violence at bars and nightclubs is an exceedingly complex subject. Victims of violence and their families who are considering taking legal action should discuss their case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.