Security Negligence? Robert Reels loses life in Shooting Outside Havelock, NC Nightclub; Isaiah Oden Injured.

Robert Reels loses life in Shooting Outside Havelock, NC Nightclub; Isaiah Oden Injured.

Robert Reels loses life in Shooting Outside Havelock, NC Nightclub; Isaiah Oden Injured. (Stock Photo:

Could the shooting outside a Havelock nightclub 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.

Local News

Gunfire rang erupted outside a Havelock, North Carolina nightclub early Saturday morning, October 9, 2021, leaving one man dead and one other injured.

As reported by, “Havelock police went out to a disturbance and loitering call around 3:33 a.m. at [a local Nightclub]…before police got there the situation escalated into a shooting incident. Upon arrival, an officer found two men shot laying on the street near [the nightclub].”

According to the report, “[t]he two men were taken to the hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. One man died at the hospital and the other is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.” is reporting, “[p]olice on Monday also released the names of the two men who were shot. Robert Reels, 35, of Havelock, was pronounced dead at the scene. Isaiah Oden, 26, of Onslow County was listed in stable condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.”

The shooting remains under investigation.

Our Legal Take


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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? 
  • Does the property have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
  • Was the property owner or management 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 victims 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, the family of Robert Reels may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.  In addition, Isaiah Oden may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for his 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 family of Robert Reels and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.


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