TABC to Open Investigation into Ventura Bar Following Shooting

The investigation into Sunday night's shootings at the Ventura night club northeast of downtown is expanding, with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission now looking into whether the owner of Ventura were following the rules, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Seven people were shot, and two of them died in an incident that police say was sparked by an argument. A suspect is in custody and is facing a capital murder charge.

"To determine whether any of the security practices at the bar or determine if any of their alcohol service practices may have contributed to what took place," TABC spokesman Chris Porter told 1200 WOAI news.

Porter says he wants to make sure Ventura 'took proper steps to ensure public safety.'

Under the Alcoholic Beverage Code, alcohol license or permit holders are required to maintain the peace in their establishment, This includes refusing sale of alcohol to intoxicated patrons, notifying law enforcement of violent incidents, as well as disallowing handguns at locations were such weapons are prohibited.

"It is a crime for a bar owner in certain cases for a bar owner to knowingly allow a person to bring a handgun onto the property," Porter said.

If the owners did break any rules, they could be fined and have their liquor license suspended.


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