Could the shooting at a Latham bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Three people were shot at a Latham, Kansas bar early Saturday morning, March 13, 2021.
As reported by KSN.com, “deputies responded to a shooting call at the Latham Saloon, 226 West Blaine, in Latham around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.”
According to the report, “a 36-year-old Winfield man had been in the saloon and got into a disturbance. He showed a handgun but someone convinced him to put it away…the man then got into a physical altercation with another customer at the bar and was forced to leave.”
KWCH.com is reporting, “[a]fter being removed from the bar, the man fired several shots into the ground and into the bar, injuring three people. ”
Per the report, “[a] 34-year-old man and a 26-year-old man were taken to a Wichita hospital with critical and serious injuries. A third person, a woman in her 40s, had a grazing wound.”
A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Bar patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the bar 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 bar aware of any suspicious activity prior to the incident?
- 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 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 victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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