Could the shooting outside a Houston 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 outside a Houston, TX bar early Sunday morning, March 19, 2023, leaving three men dead.
As reported by Click2Houston.com, “[o]fficers received a person down call at a shopping center in the 10800 block of Beechnut Street near Wilcrest shortly before 6 a.m. According to investigators, the three men were walking out of a nightclub when at some point they were reportedly involved in a possible argument with two people, which led to shots being fired.”
Fox26Houston.com is reporting, “[w]hen officers arrived, they found three males in the parking lot deceased with multiple gunshot wounds.”
According to KHOU.com, [authorities] confirmed that there had been several shootings in that parking lot in the past.”
Per the report, “one of the men who was killed was 29-year-old Gerardo Filomeno.”
The investigation is ongoing.
IS JUSTICE AVAILABLE? OUR LEGAL TAKE
Bar and parking lot 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?
- Were any security personnel at the property?
- Were security measures added after any prior incidents?
- What protocol was in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
- Have authorities been to the property on prior occasions?
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 Gerardo Filomeno and the families of the other deceased victims 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 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 Gerardo Filomeno and the families of the other deceased victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $125 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including:
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