Could the shooting death at a Portland nightclub 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 a Portland, Oregon nightclub early Sunday morning, August 22, 2021, leaving a man dead.
As reported by KOIN.com, “[a] shooting inside an Old Town bar left one man dead early Sunday morning near the intersection of Northwest Everett Street and 3rd Avenue.”
According to the report, “[t]he victim, later identified as 25-year-old JaMarie Herring Sr., died while in an ambulance headed for the hospital.”
Wweek.com, “At 11:03 pm Sunday, police were dispatched again to [the Lounge] after gunfire erupted at a vigil for [JaMarie] Herring. Police say five men, ranging in age from 21 to 32, were struck by bullets.”
A suspect has been charged in connection with the homicide.
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the nightclub 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.
- Does the nightclub have a protocol to check for deadly weapons prior to patrons 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 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 bar owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of JaMarie Herring Sr. 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 JaMarie Herring Sr. and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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