Four Injured in Gunfight at Club on Camp Bowie in Aledo, TX
Aledo, TX -- August 25, 2022, four people were injured due to an exchange of gunfire that broke out at a club on Camp Bowie West.
Initial reports said that the incident happened at around 4:35 a.m. Authorities say they were called to Temptations Cabaret, located at 12200 Camp Bowie West Boulevard.
For reasons unclear, patrons at the establishment and security began to exchange gunfire. As a result, at least four people were hurt, including a woman working at the club. Those injuries were said to be non-life-threatening. At this time, additional details about the incident remain under investigation.
Commentary on Club Shooting on Camp Bowie West in Aledo
Something that stood out to me in reports is the Tarrant County Sheriff calling this club a "dangerous nuisance" that has seen "several shooting incidents" in recent years. Now, I can't confirm if that's true at this time, but it brings up an important question folks as me a lot: What role, if any, does a property owner play in a violent incident like this? Most of the time, they're just the ones unfortunate enough to have the incident happen on their property. Other times, though, steps could have been taken to prevent such an occurrence.
According to Premises Liability Laws, owners generally have a responsibility to seek out and remedy hazardous conditions on their property. While violence is usually unpredictable, some businesses become such a hotbed for violence and crime that property owners need to take any possible step to prevent this. Cameras, lighting, more security, off-duty officers, or even signs which make it explicit that customers and employees are potentially in danger. Failing to take reasonably prudent steps to reduce the danger means property owners can bear some responsibility for folks getting hurt.
I don't have any reason to believe this establishment could have prevented a shootout, but the sheriff himself seems to think this establishment has a history of incidents like this. It may be worth looking into whether or not steps could have been taken to prevent the victims here from getting hurt.