Could the shooting death at a Houston event center have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out outside a Houston, Texas event center early Sunday morning, September 3, 2021, leaving one young man dead.
As reported by ABC13.com, “[the shooting] happened around 2 a.m. Sunday near Orem Drive and Hiram Clarke.”
According to the report, “[o]fficers were in the area working a burglary call when they heard shots fired nearby and found a man unresponsive on the ground at a private event venue.”
Houstontx.gov is reporting, “[t]he victim, Dakota Bawary, 20, was transported to an area hospital by Houston Fire Department paramedics where he was pronounced deceased.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Private event venue patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the venue 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?
- Does the venue have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- Was the venue 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 victims 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 venue owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Dakota Bawary 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 Dakota Bawary retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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