Could the shooting at a Greenville nightclub 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 at a Greenville, South Carolina nightclub early Monday morning, September 6, 2021, leaving one man dead.
As reported by FoxCarolina.com, “[d]eputies said they went to [the nightclub] located on Halton Road around 1:30 a.m. in reference to a shooting. When they got to the scene, they found a man who was dead.”
WSPA.com is reporting, “[t]he man killed has been identified by the Greenville County Coroner’s Office as 24-year-old Elijha M. McDuffie, of Greer.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting, and the owner or operator of the club has a duty to operate the business and hire personnel in a non-negligent manner. The level of security provided at the nightclub 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 nightclub aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- Did the nightclub engage in an appropriate background check of its security personnel?
Property owners and managers 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 nightclub owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, or engaged in the negligent retention of its security personnel, the family of Elijha M. McDuffie 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 and investigation 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 Elijha M. McDuffie retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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