Could the shooting at a Richland County nightclub 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.
Gunfire rang out at a Columbia, South Carolina nightclub Sunday morning, July 14, 2019, leaving two people injured. According to TheState.com, “Deputies were called around 7 a.m. to the Mi Casita Lounge located at 2205 Decker Blvd.” Per the report, two men had been shot in the parking lot of the business and deputies found out that both men took themselves to the hospital for medical treatment. The incident remains under investigation.
This is not the first time violence has broken out in the area. WLTX.com reported on a shooting incident in January 2019.
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, and, if so, were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Does the nightclub have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- What nightclub security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims 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 nightclub 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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