Could the shooting death at an Ahoskie bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at an Ahoskie, North Carolina bar early Saturday morning, November 6, 2021, leaving one person dead and multiple others injured.
As reported by WTKR.com, “[a]round 1 a.m., [police] were dispatched…for a shooting at [a Bar & Grill]. When they got to the location they saw a large crowd of over 100 people in the parking lot.”
CBS17.com is reporting, “[o]ne person, identified as 22-year-old Aulander resident Jairen Lyles, was found dead at the scene, with a gunshot wound.”
According to the report, “[s]ix people were also injured, five of which sustained gunshot wounds and were sent to a local hospital for treatment.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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?
- Was there any suspicious activity or suspicious people on the property prior to the shooting.
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim 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 property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Jairen Lyles 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 Jairen Lyles and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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