Could the shooting at a St. Louis bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a St. Louis, MO bar late Friday night, May 5, 2023, leaving two men dead and two other people injured.
As reported by STLtoday.com, the shooting happened “around 10 p.m. at [a bar and grill] at 2837 Cherokee Street.”
KSDK.com is reporting, “[o]fficers responded and found a 34-year-old man inside Exotic Bar with gunshot wounds to his thigh and elbow…Officers applied a tourniquet and he was rushed to a local hospital, where police said he was in serious condition with stable vital signs.”
According to the report, “[t]he other two victims were taken to the hospital by car. They both were pronounced dead at the hospital. A fourth victim, a 24-year-old woman, told police she heard gunshots and was grazed on her foot.”
Police later identified the deceased victims “as 25-year-old Rayon Caffey and 44-year-old Eric Taylor, both of St. Louis.”
The investigation is ongoing.
IS JUSTICE AVAILABLE? 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?
- Were any security personnel at the property?
- Were security measures added after any prior incidents?
- What protocol was in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
- Have authorities been to the property on prior occasions?
- Does the property owner or management have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
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 Rayon Caffey and Eric Taylor may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured 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 families of Rayon Caffey and Eric Taylor and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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