Could the shooting at a Clarendon County restaurant 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 Clarendon County, SC restaurant early Saturday morning, September 24, 2022, leaving one man dead.
As reported by SNBC13.com, “[a]s a result of a gunshot that occurred overnight in the Clarendon county, one person was killed and two others were injured. [The restaurant] located off of Azalea Lane in the Alcolu hamlet, is where that shooting took place at about 5 AM.”
WLTX.com is reporting, “[officers] arrived to find a man, later identified as 32-year-old Kevin Epps of Sumter, with an apparent gunshot wound. The first arriving deputy performed CPR and attempted to help Epps while awaiting other first responders. However, the shooting victim died at the scene.”
According to the report, “[i]nvestigators later learned that two other victims had gone by personal vehicles to Prisma Tuomey Hospital in Sumter with gunshot wounds. One was treated and released and the other’s wounds were not considered life-threatening.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
Is Justice Available? Our Legal Take
Restaurant 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?
- Was there security personnel at the property?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on 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?
- Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
- Have authorities been to the property on prior occasions?
Property owners and managers 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, or engaged in the negligent retention of its security personnel, the family of Kevin Epps 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 and investigation 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 Kevin Epps retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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