Could the shooting at a Columbia 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.
Two people were shot at a Columbia, SC nightclub early Thursday morning, January 13, 2022.
As reported by WIStv.com, “[t]he incident happened Thursday morning at 1 a.m. at the Mynt Lounge on Decker Boulevard.”
ABCColumbia.com is reporting, that authorities “were called to the parking lot of Mynt Lounge on Decker Boulevard for a shooting” and “[o]nce on the scene, deputies say they found two people who were shot in the lower body.”
According to the report, “vehicles were also hit by gunfire, which caused another person to be injured by shards of glass.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub and parking lot 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 nightclub 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 property 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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