Could the shooting at a Columbus bar 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 a Columbus, OH bar Monday night, August 1, 2022, leaving two men dead and three others injured.
As reported by ABC6onyourside.com, “[p]olice were called to [a bar] at 176 Rumsey Road just after 9:40 p.m. Monday on the report of multiple shooting victims.”
10tv.com is reporting, “[u]pon arrival, officers found 50-year-old Glen Clark suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medics at 9:45 p.m. Four other men suffering from gunshot wounds were taken to Grant Medical Center. One of those men, 34-year-old Nicholas Dowler, was pronounced dead at 10:32 p.m.”
According to the report, “the ages of the other victims are 38, 53 and 65. There has been no update on their conditions.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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 victim at the time of the shooting?
- Was the bar aware of any suspicious activity prior to 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 families of Glen Clark and Nicholas Dowler 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 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 families of Glen Clark and Nicholas Dowler and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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