Is Justice Available to Family and Victim? Brett Rodgers Killed, 1 Injured in Hog Wild Saloon Shooting, Kingsport.

(Times News)

Did negligent security contribute to this tragic incident?

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A shooting at the Hog Wild Saloon reportedly claimed the life of 20-year-old Brett D. Rodgers and left another man injured Friday morning, March 2, 2018.

According to WJHL 11, the shooting occurred “around 2:00 a.m. at the saloon located in the 1000 block of West Stone Drive.” Responding officers discovered Mr. Rodgers unconscious at the scene and he was transported for emergency care. Efforts to save his life were sadly unsuccessful. A second victim suffered “serious injuries,” and his current condition has not been released.

Per Times News reporting, “detectives reportedly identified the shooter as a male 16-year-old from Bristol, Va.”  The news story further indicates that “emergency personnel responding to Hog Wild spotted, ‘several obvious safety concerns and potential city ordinance and building code violations.'” According to the report, Kingsport Police have apparently received “729 calls regarding Hog Wild Saloon…since March of 2013.”

Did negligent security contribute to this Kingsport bar shooting? We represent individuals and families who have suffered a tragic loss or injury as a consequence of negligent property security. Read Our Legal Take below to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Tennessee, or call now for a free consultation with our legal team: 888.842.1616.

Our Legal Take

Bar and nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • What additional security measures, such as weapons screenings, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were implemented by the bar owner following media reports of prior criminal activity on property?
  • Media reports indicate a 16-year-old suspect has been charged in the shooting. How did a minor and gun gain entry to the property? Was alcohol a factor in the shooting and, if so, was the minor served on premises?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the bar owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Brett Rodgers may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death. Additionally, the other victim of this tragic shooting may pursue legal claims for his injuries.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

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Headline Frame Fox News DeskThe Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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