Police, Alcohol Law Enforcement Officers Investigating NOVA Lounge Club Shooting
Winston-Salem police and the NC Alcohol Law Enforcement are investigating a shooting that left 7 people injured outside of NOVA Lounge in early Sunday morning, April 7.
Six victims with gunshot wounds were discovered at the scene and a seventh victim came forward and was treated for a minor injury at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Investigators say that there were at least two shooters and that at least one of the shooters fired from a vehicle. No suspect descriptions are currently available.
Shots were reported outside of the club in the 500 block of North Cherry Street at around 1:37 a.m. Officers responded to the scene and found 26-year-old Christopher Carpenter, 23-year-old Jermaine Lamont May Jr., and 26-year-old Danette Hazel Mae France all with gunshot wounds outside of the club. Three additional victims were then discovered – 24-year-old Jimmie Lererja Manns, 32-year-old Christopher Dejuan Davis, and 26-year-old Lauren Ashley Stafford.
All of the victims were brought to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police believe an altercation started inside, which led to the shooting outside of the nightclub.
The NC Alcohol Law Enforcement is investigating the nightclub together with the Winston-Salem Police.
Legal Options for Nightclub Shooting Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents crime victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Here is some perspective from Brian on the legal options available to victims of bar shootings:
The owners of nightclubs and other businesses have a legal duty to make sure their properties are safe. Having reasonable security measures in place is part of this legal duty. When a nightclub shooting happens, it’s important to determine if the shooting could have been prevented if it weren’t for inadequate security or another form of negligence. If the shooting is found to have been preventable, the victims and their families may have the right to file a lawsuit against the property owner.
Each nightclub shooting case is unique, so determining if the property owner was negligent can be complicated. The victim’s lawyer will have to establish that the shooting was reasonably foreseeable and could have been prevented if it weren’t for property owner negligence.
If you or someone you love has recently become a victim of a bar or nightclub shooting, you can learn more about your legal options by discussing your case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.