Could the shooting outside a Gaffney nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out outside a Gaffney, South Carolina nightclub early Sunday morning, August 22, 2021, leaving one man dead.
As reported by WSPA.com, the shooting “outside of [a nightclub] at 114 Birnie Street in downtown Gaffney around 12:50 a.m. Sunday following an altercation.”
According to the report, “[the victim] was located by police in a parking lot across the street from the club. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.”
FoxCarolina.com is reporting, “[t]he victim was identified by the coroner as 28-year-old Roberto Marquis Porter Jr.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting, and the owner or operator of the property has a duty to operate the business in a non-negligent manner. 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?
Property owners and managers 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, or engaged in the negligent retention of its security personnel, the family of Roberto Marquis Porter Jr. 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 and investigation 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 Roberto Marquis Porter Jr. retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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