Could the shooting outside a Chesterfield bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families and injured victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Update: According to NBC12.com, the victims in a Chesterfield bar shooting have been identified as “Ockelle Ty-Quan Duncan, 23, of Richmond” and “Daquan K. Berry, 24, of Chesterfield.”
Gunfire rang out in a parking lot outside a Chesterfield, Virginia bar early Friday morning, August 6, 2021, leaving two people dead and one other injured.
As reported by WRIC.com, “the shooting happened at around 3:15 at the Your Place Sports Bar & Grill on Wadsworth Drive.” When police arrived “they found three victims in the parking lot.”
NBC12.com is reporting, “[o]ne of the victims died at the scene and the other two victims were transported to a hospital. One of the victims died at the hospital and the other is currently undergoing surgery for life-threatening injuries.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Business 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?
- 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?
- Was the property owner or magagement aware of any suspicious activity 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 visitors, the families of Ockelle Ty-Quan Duncan and Daquan K. Berry may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries and suffering.
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 families of Ockelle Ty-Quan Duncan and Daquan K. Berry and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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