Could the shooting at a Las Vegas hookah 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.
Update: According to News3LV.com, “[t]he Clark County Coroner’s Office said Demetrus Beard, 33, died from multiple gunshot wounds.”
Gunfire rang out at a Las Vegas, Nevada hookah bar early Saturday morning, February 26, 2021, leaving one man dead and multiple others injured.
As reported by ReviewJournal.com, “[t]he Metropolitan Police Department received multiple 911 calls around 3:15 a.m. reporting a shooting at…953 E. Sahara Ave., near South Maryland Parkway.”
8NewsNow.com is reporting, “[u]pon arriving, there were numerous victims with gunshot wounds. Officers immediately rendered aid to the victims with tourniquets and CPR, and others were transported to hospitals around the valley.”
According to ReviewJournal.com, “[d]etectives believe two men started arguing during a party at the lounge, which resulted in at least two guns being fired.” Per the report, “the 14 people shot were taken to University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. One man died, and two people were in critical condition.”
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?
- Does the property owner or management have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- 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 Demetrus Beard 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 family of Demetrus Beard and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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