Could the shooting outside a Kansas City bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out outside at a Kansas City bar late Sunday night, July 10, 2022, leaving one man dead and five others injured.
As reported by KCTV5.com, “[o]ne person is dead and five others are hurt following a shooting outside of [a bar] at 41st and Broadway. The five remaining victims are expected to survive the shooting.”
According to the report, “[t]he shooting happened at around 11 p.m. on Sunday.”
KMBC.com is reporting, “three off-duty Kansas City police officers were working security at [the bar] when a fight broke out inside. That fight spilled out onto the street and escalated into gunfire.”
Per the report, “[o]n Tuesday, police identified the deceased victim as 24-year-old Cardell I. Crawford, a Kansas City, Missouri resident.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Business patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the property 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?
- 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?
- Was the property owner or management aware of any suspicious activity prior to 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 property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Cardell I. Crawford may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
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 the family of Cardell I. Crawford retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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