Deadly Shooting Occurs Outside Land O’ Lakes Bar

Deputies are currently investigating a shooting that happened outside of a Land O’ Lakes bar Sunday night that left one man dead.

The 44-year-old man died from a gunshot wound early Monday morning at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to Rock Harley Saloon on Land O’ Lakes Boulevard just after 9 p.m. Sunday. They arrived at the scene to find the deceased suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body.

Deputies are still working to develop information regarding a suspect.

6781763344_cb2211da66_zMost people go to nightclubs, bars and taverns for an evening of fun with friends or just to unwind from the day, however, anytime alcohol is being served late at night, in a crowded venue, and with limited security, the potential for dangerous activity exists.

Bar and nightclub owners have a duty to protect customers from violent acts, including assaults, batteries and all other illegal conduct by their employees, including bartenders, bouncers and wait staff, as well as third parties, like patrons and vendors. The owner of the establishment may be liable for customer injuries if their employees start a fight, fail to prevent a fight from happening or allow people on the premises with weapons. With that said, the business owner can also be liable for violent acts that take place outside of the venue, such as a parking lot or alley, due to inadequate or improper security.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of an assault, rape, shooting, stabbing or any other violent crime resulting in injury or death, while at a Pasco County bar, nightclub or restaurant, a Pasco County Negligent Security Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you understand your legal rights. For a free consultation, please call us today at 727-847-2299 or contact us online.

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