• May 22, 2017

Natalie Tavares Killed, 1 Injured in Dallas, TX, Shooting Accident

Dallas, TX -- May 22, 2017, Natalie Tavares was killed and another woman was injured due to an accident involving a shooting outside a club.

The Dallas Police Department was called out to the scene of the accident at around 3:50 a.m. It took place at the Tiger Cabaret Club located just off the intersection of I-30 and Buckner Boulevard.

According to preliminary investigations, 18-year-old Tavares was at the club with her boyfriend, 19-year-old Aldo Saucedo. Saucedo and another club patron engaged in some sort of altercations. Shortly afterward, they made their way out into the parking lot.

Saucedo entered his vehicle when the man with whom he was fighting began to punch him through the window. During this time, Saucedo reportedly grabbedhis gun and began shooting. Tavares, who was standing nearby outside the vehicle, was hit by several bullets. Another woman in the parking lot was also struck.

Tavares was transported to Baylor University Medical Center in critical condition. She later died there. The other woman's injuries were said to be non-life-threatening.

Saucedo reportedly chased after the other man, repeatedly shooting at him. The other man's condition is unknown. Saucedo admitted to the shooting to investigators and was arrested on felony charges.

No further information is currently available.

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Commentary

The details surrounding this accident aren't entirely clear at the moment, so it's very difficult to say if anyone besides the shooter could share some of the blame in this accident. With that being said, I'm always curious to know whether or not there is a history of such incidents in or around clubs. Let's face it, when young people are out partying, the mixture of social situations and alcohol often leads to problems. Responsible clubs know this can be an issue and provide security to keep things from getting out of hand. Other establishments figure that these things sort themselves out and try to disclaim responsibility when their good fortune rungs out.

Simply put, establishments can be liable when there is a history of dangerous situations on their property and they fail to do anything to make things safer for their patrons. If these things keep happening on the property, then the establishment knows that it poses a risk to its patrons and is expected to take adequate steps to increasing their security and preventing these situations from continuing. Failing to do so can make them liable for future incidents where someone is hurt on their property due to a lack of adequate security.

That being said, these provisions don't usually hold an establishment liable for an unexpected or isolated incident, or if the incident happens off their property. Which category this particular story would fall into is difficult to determine at this time due to the lack of information. In the end, an incident as tragic and as serious as this one warrants further investigation to determine whether or not every necessary step was taken to prevent the incident from occurring. Those affected by this tragedy deserve nothing less than the full story.

--Grossman Law Offices

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