Did negligent security contribute to this senseless fatal shooting and are justice and compensation available to the victims and their families?
Gunfire erupted in Tallahassee early Sunday morning, February 10, 2019, killing one and injuring another according to media reports. According to WTXL.com, “the shooting happened around 1:38 a.m. Sunday in the 2600 block of West Tennessee Street.” When emergency personnel arrived they “immediately provided medical attention to two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were taken to the hospital.” WTXL.com further reports that “[o]ne of the victims died from their injuries.”
Media reports indicate there have been multiple incidents in reference to this location. According to WCTV.com, “the Tallahassee Police Department has responded to more than 20 calls in the shopping plaza where the shooting happened, ranging from loud noise to disorderly conduct to aggravated assault.” WCTV.com reports that victims and suspects have not been identified.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Bar and shopping plaza patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the establishment and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
- What safety measures were incorporated to protect patrons after prior police calls?
- What security measures, such as weapons screenings, visible surveillance cameras, security personnel and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
Generally, bar and 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 or property owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for the victim’s wrongful death. Additionally, the surviving victim may pursue legal claims for their 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 and their families 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 out 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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