Could the shooting at a Baton Rouge nightclub 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 Baton Rouge, Louisiana nightclub early Saturday morning, June 29, 2019, leaving seven people injured. According to TheAdvocate.com, “first responders received a call around 1:00 a.m. Saturday about a shooting on Florida Boulevard at the Stadium Ultralounge & Bar.” Per the report, “Investigators believe several people in the club got into an altercation that escalated quickly…shots were fired both inside and outside the club.” WAFB.com is reporting, “[f]irst responders picked up four patients at the shooting location and three other victims were picked up at a nearby address.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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?
- What nightclub 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 nightclub 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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