Could the shooting at a Sevierville waterpark have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted outside a Sevierville, Tennessee waterpark Saturday night, July 31, 2021, leaving one woman dead and another injured.
As reported by TheTelegraph.com, “[a]n altercation in the parking lot of a Tennessee water park led to a shooting that killed one woman and wounded another…Officers responded Saturday evening to a report of shots fired at the [Sevierville Waterpark].”
WVLT.tv is reporting, “[u]pon arrival, officers found two victims, identified as Kelsy Cook, 24, and Angie Russell, 23, suffering from gunshot wounds. [Kelsy] Cook was airlifted to UT Medical Center, and was pronounced dead later that evening…[Angie] Russell’s injury was non-life-threatening.”
According to the report, “[o]fficers were able to track down possible suspects, and two people were arrested and charged.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Waterpark and amusement park 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 the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious activity 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 and others 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 Kelsy Cook may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, Angie Russell may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for her 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 Kelsy Cook and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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