Youngstown Police Investigate Fatal Shooting at Sons of Borinquen
Police in Youngstown are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and two others injured at the Sons of Borinquen sports club on December 30.
Officers responded to reports of gunshots at the club at around 3 a.m. that night. After arriving on the scene, they found one dead male inside – who was later identified as 30-year-old Bobby Robert Gonzalez Torres.
Two other victims, a male and female, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were both brought to St. Elizabeth’s for treatment.
According to the police, a fight started in the club and escalated into gunshots.
No arrests have been made yet and Youngstown Police are continuing to investigate with assistance from the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office.
Are Club Owners Liable for Shootings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a crime victim attorney who represents the victims of preventable shootings in civil court. Here are some thoughts from Brian regarding property owner liability for shootings:
Club owners and all other property owners are legally responsible for keeping their premises free from preventable dangers. These premises liability laws help protect business customers, residents, and guests from suffering preventable injuries or deaths. As part of these legal requirements, property owners are also required to guard their businesses against the risk of reasonably foreseeable violent crime.
In club shooting cases, the incident might be considered foreseeable if the venue had a history of violent incidents or was located in an area with high violent crime rates. If the club owner failed to take preventative measures such as hiring security guards, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the owner.
If you or a loved one has become a victim of a bar or club shooting, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced crime victim attorney.