Could the shooting at a Columbus bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Columbus, OH bar early Saturday morning, July 16, 2022, leaving two people dead and two others injured.
As reported by Dispatch.com, “Columbus police responded just after 2 a.m. Saturday to [a Sports Bar] in the 3400 block of Sullivant Avenue…Initial reports indicated someone entered the bar and started shooting.”
According to 10tv.com, “police said 39-year-old Daylan Hawkins was pronounced dead at the scene by medics.”
ABC6onyourside.com is reporting, “Denver Spencer, 30, was found outside the bar and was transported to Grant Medical Center in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead at 2:57 a.m. A third man, 31, was found shot across the street at a gas station. Medics took that person to Grant Medical Center, where they were last listed as stable.”
10tv.com reported that “[j]ust after 3:10 a.m., a 25-year-old man requested medical help in the 900 block of Forest Creek Drive, located five minutes east of the sports bar. The man was treated after he was grazed by a bullet. Police determined that the 25-year-old’s injuries happened at the sports bar.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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 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?
- Does the property owner or management have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- 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 families of Denver Spencer and Daylan Hawkins may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. in addition, any injured victims 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 the families of Denver Spencer, Daylan Hawkins, and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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