• November 08, 2022

Injuries Reported in Fight, Shooting at Bar on Roosevelt Ave in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX — November 6, 2022, injuries were reported after a crowd was pepper sprayed and shots were fired at a South Side bar on Roosevelt Avenue.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:00 a.m. as a bar on the 3400 block of Roosevelt was closing. Preliminary investigation suggests a fight broke out among a crowd of bar patrons and security attempted to disperse them with pepper spray. During the fracas shots were fired in the business' parking lot; on arriving, officers found a 41-year-old man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. They later located the shooting suspect after he too was shot by someone in an unknown vehicle.

Both shooting victims were transported to area hospitals. It is unclear if anyone in the pepper-sprayed crowd needed medical attention.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Bar Shooting on Roosevelt Ave in San Antonio

Obviously bar fights and shootings are largely criminal matters, and as I'm not a criminal attorney I don't chime in about what consequences the suspects might face. However, when those incidents happen at bars there may be other things to consider. Chief among those are alcohol's influence and whether the bar's owners could or should have done more to prevent the damage.

If people were hurt because someone was drunk, that may be a matter for Texas dram shop law. In a nutshell it says that licensed alcohol vendors who over-serve customers may be liable for harm those people cause or suffer while intoxicated. People unfortunately shoot and fight one another for all kinds of reasons, but if any of the violence done that night was because someone was too drunk to make better choices then the bar may have a duty to make amends for getting them that way.

Injuries Reported in Fight, Shooting at Bar on Roosevelt Ave in San Antonio, TX

Speaking of the bar's role, it may also have a responsibility to help the injured victims under premises liability law if it could or should have stopped those incidents before anyone was hurt. The fight was broken up by security with pepper spray, suggesting the bar took steps to protect its customers, but someone shooting another person on their property needs a closer look. If the property owners and managers knew violence of that caliber was possible and didn't take adequate steps to prevent it, there may be questions of negligence to address.

To be clear, I don't know whether anyone throwing fists or pulling triggers was drunk. I'm also not accusing whatever business this happened at of insufficient effort to stop it. Everything I said here about intoxication and premises liability is rhetorical unless clear proof shows otherwise. I only know that in many cases there's a tendency to blame a brawl or a shooting exclusively on the people involved, and while that's often where the buck stops there are times when an "accomplice" of sorts should also face consequences. Will police take the time and care to make sure the whole story is learned here?

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