• September 08, 2022

Two Men Shot outside Thirsty’s SA on S. Presa Street in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX — September 3, 2022, two men were shot and injured in an altercation outside Thirsty's SA on South Presa Street in San Antonio.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before midnight at Thirsty's on the 8900 block of South Presa. Witnesses called police and reported gunfire in the bar's parking lot; police dispatched to the scene found two men with multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators believe the second man was involved in an argument or altercation with one or more shooters who remain at large.

Both men were transported to area hospitals where they were listed in stable condition.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Shooting at Thirsty's SA in San Antonio

It caught my eye that news reports about this incident said it was just last December that a similar shooting occurred in the exact same parking lot. I can't speak to that one necessarily, but knowing that more than one violent incident occurred in the same spot brought to mind a question I've been asked many times by people who call the firm: When someone's hurt on a business property, where does the property owner figure into the responsibility for it?

In most situations property owners are simply unlucky and a volatile meeting happens on their premises. Isolated events like those happen sometimes even in the unlikeliest places, like churches or grocery stores. When there's no real way to see it coming and such incidents rarely if ever happen, most of the time the property's owner may be excused for not taking the needed steps to prevent them.

Two Men Shot outside Thirsty's SA on S. Presa Street in San Antonio, TX

Other times, though, steps really could or should have been taken to prevent the damage done. Under premises liability law, property owners typically have a responsibility to seek out and deal with hazardous conditions on their premises. That could just be things like exposed nails or wiring or even just a slippery puddle, but if violence or crime happen predictably enough then the law may expect the owner to take steps to protect its customers.

I'm not saying the bar's owners should have swooped in personally and disarmed the attackers, but it's troubling to see them called out for another incident just like the one on Saturday. It may be worth looking into whether or not steps could have been taken to prevent the victims here from getting hurt.

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