Did a security failure contribute to the tragic loss of Jose Munoz and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Munoz’s family?
Security measures are under scrutiny after an altercation erupted in gunfire at a Louisville, Kentucky restaurant Saturday, February 23, 2019, killing one man.
According to WDRB.com, “[t]he shooting was reported at [a] restaurant in the 4800 block of Outer Loop near the Jefferson Mall around 8:38 p.m” The news outlet reports “[a] customer, identified Sunday by the coroner’s office as 25-year-old Jose Munoz, of Sellersburg, was found shot in the restaurant and transported to University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.” WLKY.com is reporting “[a suspect] was in a verbal altercation with [Mr. Munoz] inside the restaurant before shooting him once.”
According to WLKY.com, “[p]olice have made an arrest in the fatal shooting.”
Our Legal Take
Restaurant patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on property?
- Were any attempts made by restaurant management or security to safely and separately remove those involved in the initial altercation from the premises, prior to an escalation to gunfire?
- What security measures, such as bright parking lot lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Munoz at the time of the shooting?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the restaurant owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Jose Munoz may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that Mr. Munoz’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.
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