Could the shooting deaths at a Portland bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Portland, OR bar Saturday night, February 27, 2020, leaving two people dead.
As reported by KPTV.com, “Portland Police Bureau, Central Precinct officers, responded to a bar in the 8300 block of Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard just before 11:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found the two victims.”
KATU.com is reporting, “First responders pronounced one of the people dead at the scene.”
According to the report, “The second was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Authorities say that person died on Sunday.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
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 there any suspicious activity or suspicious people on the property prior to the shooting.
- Does the bar have a protocol to check for deadly weapons prior to patrons entering the establishment.
- 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 families of the victims 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 the families of the victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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