Could the shooting at a Minneapolis nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and any injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Minneapolis, Minnesota nightclub early Sunday morning, February 23, 2020, leaving one man dead and another injured.
As reported by StarTribune.com, “[s]hortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, police responding to numerous 911 calls about a shooting at Rouge at the Lounge in the 400 block of N. 2nd Avenue found a “chaotic scene” as people fled the nightclub.”
According to the report, “[i]nside, officers found one gunshot victim, a man in his 20s who was taken to HCMC, where he died hours later.”
KSPT.com is reporting, “HCMC called the police, saying another adult male in his 20s walked into their emergency room with a gunshot wound not considered to be life-threatening. It is believed to be relating to this incident.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the nightclub 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 nightclub have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- Was the nightclub aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- What nightclub 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 nightclub owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the deceased victim’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victim 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 deceased victim’s family and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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