Could the shooting at a St. Louis 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 rang out at a St. Louis, Missouri bar Saturday night, September 14, 2019, leaving three people injured.
As reported by KMOV.com, “[a] victim was shot in the mouth around 9:48 p.m. inside Sasha’s Wine Bar at 4069 Shaw Blvd. in the Shaw neighborhood.”
That victim is in critical condition.
According to STLtoday.com, two other victims suffered minor injuries, “a 36-year-old woman who suffered bullet shrapnel wounds to the arm and a 35-year-old man who suffered a graze wound.”
The investigation is ongoing, no suspects have been identified.
Our Legal Take
Bar and Restaurant patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the bar 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 bar have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims 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 bar owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries and suffering.
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 victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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