Could the shooting at a Toledo 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 Toledo, Ohio nightclub early Sunday morning, November 3, 2019, leaving four people injured.
As reported by 13ABC.com, “It happened at about 2:40 AM Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, on the 600 block of Magnolia near Erie St. That’s outside…[a local] nightclub.”
WTOL.com is reporting, “[o]nce officers arrived on the scene, they learned the shooting had happened inside the club.”
According to the report, “The victims include 21-year-old Jamee Hoskins, 28-year-old Javon Parcher, 39-year-old Lashawn Crawford and 30-year-old Ashley Ellis.”
The shooting remains under investigation, no suspects have been arrested per the media report.
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?
- Was the nightclub aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- What nightclub security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims and others 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.
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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