Could the shooting at an Amarillo event center have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at an Amarillo, TX event center early Sunday morning, July 9, 2023, leaving two people dead and five others injured.
As reported by NewsChannel10.com, “[a]round 12:54 a.m. Sunday, officers were sent to an events center at a shopping center at 4515 S. Georgia on a shooting with multiple people injured. Officials say when officers arrived, they found there had been a party and a fight broke out among some of the attendees. Sometime during the fight, someone started shooting.”
MyHighPlains.com is reporting, “APD stated that seven people were injured and one died at the scene. Officials said six victims were taken by AMR and private vehicles to emergency rooms. APD also detailed that one victim was pronounced dead at the hospital and the other five are expected to recover from their injuries.”
According to NewsChannel10.com, “[t]he victims who died have been identified as 32-year-old Semagea Smith and 28-year-old Dequincton Taylor.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
Is Justice Available? Our Legal Take
Event Center 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?
- Was there security personnel at the property?
- Were security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
- Have authorities been to the property on prior occasions?
- Does the property owner or management have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
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 families of Semagea Smith and Dequincton Taylor may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victims 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 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 families of Semagea Smith and Dequincton Taylor and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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