Did a security failure contribute to the tragic loss of Artis Dewayne Holt and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Holt’s family?
Gunfire rang out in Milford Mill, Maryland late Thursday night, February 21, 2019, leaving one man shot and killed.
According to WBALtv.com, “an officer was flagged down by a civilian who directed the officer to a man who was lying down in the parking lot of a carryout business in the 8000 block of Liberty Road.” Baltimore.CBSlocal.com is reporting, “[t]he victim, who was identified as Artis Dewayne Holt, appeared to suffer from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.” The news outlets report the suspect left the scene before police arrived.
The investigation is ongoing according to the media outlets.
Our Legal Take
Restaurant 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.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on near the property?
- Was the suspect seen on the property before the incident?
- What security measures, such as bright parking lot lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Holt at the time of the shooting?
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 restaurant owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Artis Holt may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
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 Mr. Holt’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.
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