Could the shooting deaths at a Kansas City bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims Families? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Kansas City, Kansas bar early Sunday morning, October 6, 2019, leaving four people dead and five others injured.
As reported by KMBC.com, the shooting “happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at [a bar] in the area of 10th Street and Central Avenue.”
According to the report, “[a]uthorities believe three men came in through the back door of the club – two had handguns – and started shooting.”
CBSNews.com is reporting, “the two gunmen had apparently gotten into a dispute with some people inside the bar, left, then returned with handguns.”
According to the report, “[t]he four victims who died were all local adults…[t]he five others who were wounded and found outside with gunshot injuries were transported to area hospitals and have been reported to be in stable condition.
KMBC.com is reporting, “friends and family members identified three of the victims as Everado Meza, Francisco Garcia Anaya and Alfredo Calderon.”
Police have identified two suspects and one is in custody, per media reports.
The investigation is ongoing,
Our Legal Take
Bar and restaurant patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the bar 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 victims 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 bar owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the families of the victims 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 the victims and any injured victims of retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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