Could the shooting at a Houston sports bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Houston, Texas sports bar Saturday night, November 2, 2019, leaving one bystander injured.
As reported by ABC13.com, the shooting happened “at [a] Grille in the 11000 block of Westheimer.”
According to the report, “[a]n innocent woman inside the restaurant was hit in the jaw. Several cars were also hit with bullets.”
ABC13.com has identified the victim in the shooting as “Tonisha Hester, 28.”
As detailed by the report, “[Tonishia] Hester was struck twice in her face and a bullet also grazed her arm as shattered glass fell on her back.”
The shooting 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 sports 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 the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- 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, Tonisha Hester may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for her 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 Tonisha Hester retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect her interests.
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