Falicia Wright, Dimonique Arnett Injured in Shooting at Guitars and Cadillacs in Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX — November 5, 2022, 22-year-old Falicia Wright and 42-year-old Dimonique Arnett were injured in a shooting at Guitars and Cadillacs in Fort Worth.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. at the country-western nightclub on Bryant Irvin Road. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Wright and Arnett were involved in a shooting incident at the club, but further details were not provided by investigators.
Wright and Arnett were transported to an area hospital for injuries sustained during the incident. No arrests have been made as the investigation continues.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Guitars and Cadillacs Shooting in Fort Worth
Shootings are largely criminal matters, and as I'm not a criminal attorney I don't typically chime in about what their consequences might look like. However, when they happen at bars or nightclubs there may be other things to consider beyond just what the people involved did. For instance, alcohol's influence and whether the bar's owners tried to stop the incident must also be considered.
If those women were hurt because someone made bad choices under the influence of alcohol, 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. If any of the violence was due to someone's level of intoxication, then the club may have a duty to make amends for helping them reach that point.
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 the incident before anyone was hurt. 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.
I don't know more than what news reports say, which means I don't know if anyone was impaired or whether the bar could have done anything to stop them. I just know that in many cases there's a tendency to blame something like Saturday's incident solely on the people involved, and while that's often where the buck stops things aren't always quite that simple. Will police learn the whole story, or should independent investigators take the reins?