Fatal Security Lapse? Norris Bates Killed in Greenville Bar Shooting

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(7 News)

Could this senseless Greenville bar shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Norris Bates’ family?

Local News

Security measures are in question after a Greenville bar shooting claimed the life of Norris Shawndra Bates early Friday morning, November 16, 2018.

According to 7 News, gunfire erupted inside “Swagg Bar and Grill…on White Horse Road around 12:45 a.m.” Mr. Bates was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he tragically succumbed to fatal injuries.

Police have since made an arrest in connection with the shooting, per WYFF 4 reports.

Our Legal Take

Bar patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of criminal activity on or near property?
  • How did a gun gain entry to the property?
  • What security measures, such as weapons screenings, metal detectors, bag checks, surveillance cameras, and visible security personnel were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Bates at the time of the shooting?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the bar owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Norris Bates’ family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

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