According to WPXI, Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower issued a temporary injunction on Wednesday to close Sails Inn, located at 277 N Gallatin Ave, Uniontown, PA 15401, after two men were shot and killed in the bar last week.
The two victims were shot and killed at the bar after an argument. Police arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting and began their investigation.
This incident is the 74th involving police and Sails Inn. Bower has referred to the bar as a “nuisance bar” in the past, and this latest tragedy has prompted him to take action. The owners were given a court order to padlock the bar and provide the key to the Uniontown police department.
The fate of Sails Inn now rests in the hands of a judge. A hearing has been set for Monday, April 17th, at 2:30 p.m. when the judge decides whether to close the bar permanently. In the meantime, the bar remains padlocked and closed as the investigation into the double homicide continues.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent has fought to ensure justice is served for those involved in bar shooting lawsuits. In a recent discussion, Brian outlined who can be held accountable for shootings at a bar.
"Bar owners have a legal duty to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of their patrons and employees. This includes providing adequate security personnel and implementing other protective measures, such as metal detectors, surveillance cameras, and emergency exit plans. Bar owners must also ensure that their employees are properly trained to respond to potential violent situations."
"Bar shootings are a heartbreaking reality, and bar owners have a legal and moral duty to take reasonable steps to protect their patrons and employees from potential harm. Bar owners may also be held responsible for failing to take action to protect patrons and employees from potential harm. For example, bar owners who fail to take reasonable steps to prevent bar shootings, especially if there is a history of violence, may be held liable for any injuries or deaths that occur as a result."
"The surviving family of bar shooting victims may be entitled to pursue legal action against the bar owner for failing to provide adequate protection. Depending on the facts and circumstances of the case, the family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit and may be entitled to damages, including compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Victims or their families should know it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible."