Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a White Center bowling alley and casino and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
One man is dead and two other people were injured after a shooting at a White Center, WA bowling alley and casino Saturday night, May 27, 2023.
As reported by KOMOnews.com, “[t]he shooting happened around 10:45 p.m. Saturday at [a bowling alley and casino] located on the 2800 block of Southwest Roxbury Street. The sheriff’s office said the shooter just walked into the casino and opened fire.”
According to the report, “[t]wo men and a woman were injured in the shooting and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The sheriff’s office said Friday that one of the victims had died from their injuries.”
SeattleTimes.com is reporting, “[the suspect] is accused of killing Hung Quoc Nguyen, who was seated at a card table when he was shot in the back of the head…a male security guard shot twice in the back and a female employee shot in the abdomen. All three were taken to Harborview Medical Center, where Nguyen died from his injuries May 31. The security guard has since been discharged from the hospital, while the female employee was in satisfactory condition as of Monday.”
The investigation is ongoing.
IS JUSTICE AVAILABLE? OUR LEGAL TAKE
Patrons and guests of businesses have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. 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?
- Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- 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?
- 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 residents and visitors, the family of Hung Quoc Nguyen 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 family of Hung Quoc Nguyen and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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