Could the shooting at an El Paso bar 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 erupted outside an El Paso, Texas bar early Friday morning, October 11, 2019, leaving two men injured.
As reported by CBS4Local.com, “Raul Fernandez, 44, and Sergio Martinez, 46, were shot outside…[a] Bar at 7026 Alameda Avenue within Lakeside Shopping Center…El Paso Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons unit responded to the shooting around 2:20 a.m. Friday.”
According to the report, “[Mr.] Fernandez and [Mr.] Martinez were inside the bar when [Mr.] Fernandez began arguing with another man…[a] fight between [Mr.] Fernandez and the other unidentified man ensued outside.”
KTSM.com is reporting, “Fernandez and the other man began to fight outside, which led to both victims being shot by an unknown person.”
The victims were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The shooting remains under investigation, no suspects have been arrested per the media report.
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 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 property owner or manager aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others 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, Raul Fernandez and Sergio Martinez 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 Raul Fernandez and Sergio Martinez retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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