Could the shooting at a Martinsburg nightclub 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.
Gunfire rang out at a Martinsburg, WV nightclub late Friday night, December 25, 2020, leaving one teen boy injured.
As reported by HeraldMailMedia.com, “[a]t 11:28 p.m., the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to Club Aura at 80 Aero St. for a shooting victim.”
According to the report, “when deputies arrived, they found the boy lying next to a dark-colored Mercedes-Benz in the bar’s parking lot. The boy was transported to Berkeley Medical Center for what appeared to be injuries that were not life threatening.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub and parking lot 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?
- Was the property owner aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others 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 property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for his 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 the victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect his interests.
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