Man Arrested In Connection With Truth Nightclub Shooting In North Toledo
A 22-year-old man from West Toledo was arrested early this morning and charged with multiple felonies in connection with a triple shooting that took place at Truth Nightclub on June 25. He has been charged with three counts of felonious assault, a second-degree felony. On June 25, police were called to the nightclub at around 1 a.m. Witnesses told police that a fight started inside the club and that gunshots were fired. Police then discovered that three people were at area hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds.
Marvell Wallace is accused of shooting Keshawn Holston several times in the back and arms, Maya Catau once in the upper leg, and Lexus Sullivan once in the left calf. He was arrested at around 6 a.m. on today, July 31, and has been booked into Lucas County Jail.
Is Gun Violence A Problem In The Toledo Nightlife Scene?
Unfortunately, shootings like this one have become a somewhat common problem in and around bars and nightclubs in Toledo.
In late April of this year, three people were shot outside of an East Toledo bar after a dispute among several customers began inside. The three victims were brought to area hospitals and survived the incident. A 38-year-old man was charged with felonious assault.
In October 2017, four people were shot at Ninja Motorcycle Club in North Toledo after a fight started inside of the club. Two of the victims had serious and another two had non-life-threatening injuries, but all managed to survive the shooting.
Are Nightclubs Liable For Shootings and Stabbings?
When incidents like this happen, many people wonder what more the club or bar could have done to prevent the shooting. Crime victim attorney Brian Kent has some thoughts on bar and nightclub shootings and business owner negligence:
Generally speaking, bar and nightclub owners (and all other business owners) have a legal obligation to do all that they can to keep their customers safe. In a city with a clear gun violence problem, one has to wonder how patrons in at least two of the incidents mentioned in this post managed to bring firearms inside of the establishment where the shooting took place. Minimizing the risk of violent crime is part of a business owner’s legal obligation to their customers. This means providing adequate security measures, such as security guards and bouncers who check all patrons for guns upon entry and metal detectors to screen for weapons.
Determining business owner liability under premises liability laws is a complex process which requires a careful overview of the details of the case by an experienced crime victim lawyer. If a lawyer can prove that the business owner was negligent because they failed to take necessary security precautions, victims of violent incidents could have legal recourse through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit (filed by the family of fatal shooting or stabbing victims).