Sideline Bar & Grill Shooting Under Investigation
Two people were wounded in a shooting at the Sideline Bar & Grill on McFarland Boulevard in Tuscaloosa last Friday, March 8.
Officers with the Tuscaloosa Police Department responded to the scene on reports of shots fired early Friday morning. The police say that one of the victims told officers that he was leaving the bar and heard gunshots, then realized that he had been hit by a bullet. He was brought to a nearby hospital.
The second victim told police that he was shot inside of the bar but that he did not know who the shooter was.
Witnesses told investigators that the bar and a vehicle had also been hit by bullets. Police found several 9mm casings, two cell phones, and a KelTec 9mm at the scene of the shooting.
Following the shooting, Sideline Bar & Grill agreed to close for the weekend. District Seven Councilwoman Sonya McKinstry has plans to meet with the owner and Chief of Police to discuss how the bar can improve safety.
Are Bar Owners Liable for Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney is a former prosecutor who now works as a civil attorney, representing victims of preventable crimes in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked Brian to share some insight on bar owner liability for shootings and the legal options available to victims and their families:
Owning a business is a major responsibility, as businesses help make up the fabric of our communities. As part of this responsibility, business owners have a legal obligation to keep their properties safe from preventable dangers that could pose a risk to their customers, employees, and other members of the community. This includes protection against violent crime through adequate security measures.
Not all violent crime is preventable, but some bar shootings only happen because of inadequate security or another form of negligence. For example, a shooting could be considered foreseeable if the bar had a history of other violent incidents. If the bar owner failed to make efforts to improve security, such as hiring guards, he or she could potentially be considered negligent and held liable for damages if the victims file a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bar shooting that you believe was preventable, our experienced crime victim attorneys are prepared to help you find justice. You can learn more about your family’s legal options in a free consultation.
Location of Sideline Bar & Grill in Tuscaloosa, AL