Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at an Ocoee nightclub 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 at a Ocoee, FL nightclub Saturday night, December 7, 2019, leaving one man dead.
As reported by WESH.com, “[a]round 11:44 p.m., Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to [a] Club [at]…2151 Ocoee Apopka Road, for a shooting.”
WFTV.com is reporting, “a family was celebrating a quinceañera…when an unruly guest arrived and began arguing with the family… a man started to fight and was escorted from the club by Miguel Gonzalez, 25…[t]he man pulled out a gun and shot Gonzalez.”
According to the media outlets, “[Mr.] Gonzalez was transported to a hospital, where he later died while in surgery.”
The suspect fled the scene and has not been arrested.
The shooting investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Guests and patrons of nightclubs have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. 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:
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property, and, if so, were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Was the property aware of any suspicious activity or suspicious people on property prior to 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 residents and visitors, Miguel Gonzalez’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
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 Miguel Gonzalez’s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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