Could the shooting at a Springfield sports bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out outside a Springfield, Ohio sports bar early Saturday morning, March 7, 2020, leaving two people injured.
As reported by WDTN.com, according to the Lieutenant of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, “crews responded after a shots fired call around 1:20 am.”
“When they arrived, they found 2 victims suffering gunshot wounds in the parking lot of the Horseshoe Sports Bar on East National Road,” according to the report.
WHIO.com is reporting, “[a] fight reportedly began inside the bar then progressed outside which is where the gunfire began.”
According to the report, “[t]wo white males were shot at the scene, one in the head…[o]ne male was taken to the hospital by CareFlight and the other was taken by ground medics.”
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?
- Does the bar 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 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 victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries and suffering.
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 victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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