Could the shooting death at a Charleston sports bar 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.
Update: According to ABCnews4.com, “Erron-Javier Johnson, 28, of Charleston died December 13 at 2:57 a.m. at the Medical University of South Carolina.”
Gunfire rang out at a Charleston, SC sports bar early Monday morning, December 13, 2021, leaving one person dead.
As reported by WTOC.com, the shooting happened “at approximately 2:09 a.m. at the Player’s Place Billiards and Sports Bar in the 1900 block of Ashley River Road. Investigators said Charleston County Consolidated Dispatchers received multiple calls about a disturbance that ended in a shooting inside the business.”
Counton2.com is reporting, “[t]hree people were injured during the incident, one of which was taken to a local hospital where they died from injuries received during the shooting.”
According to the report, “[o]f the other two individuals transported to the hospital, one incurred a minor injury in taking cover when gunfire rang out, and the other is reportedly the suspect who sustained injury from being apprehended by a police K9 while fleeing the scene.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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 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?
- Was there any suspicious activity or suspicious people on the property prior to the shooting.
- Does the bar have a protocol to check for deadly weapons prior to patrons 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 victim 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 family of Erron-Javier Johnson 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 family of Erron-Javier Johnson and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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