Could the shooting at a Toledo bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Update: NBC24.com is reporting, “[o]n scene, [officers] found 36-year-old Averil Dotson Jr. with multiple bullet wounds.”
A man was shot at a Toledo, Ohio bar early Monday morning, March 15, 2021.
As reported by 13ABC.com, “[p]olice were called to the Agenda Sports Bar around 1 a.m. Monday in the 100 block of Matzinger.”
WTOL.com is reporting, “[t]here was a birthday celebration going on inside of the club when an altercation took place between the victim and another person, leaving one man shot multiple times.”
The investigation is ongoing.
13ABC.com reported on a shooting at this same location in February 2021.
Our Legal Take
Bar patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the bar is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this shooting may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Was the bar aware of any suspicious activity prior to the incident?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the bar owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, Averil Dotson Jr. may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that Averil Dotson Jr. retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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