Could the shooting at a Wallkill sports bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Update: ABC7NY.com has identified the victim in the Wallkill sports bar shooting as “Matthew Napoleoni, of Middletown.”
Gunfire rang out at a Wallkill, New York sports bar early Sunday morning, November 3, 2019, leaving one man dead.
As reported by WPDH.com, “On Sunday, November 3rd, at approximately 2:30 a.m., State Troopers and the Town of Wallkill Police Department responded to [a]… Sports Bar located at 505 Schutt Road Ext, for a report of a shooting.”
According to the report, “[u]pon their arrival at the scene, Troopers and Wallkill Police located a male victim who had sustained at least one gunshot wound.”
DailyFreeman.com is reporting, “the man, who was not immediately identified, was taken to Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, where he later died from his injuries.”
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 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 establishment 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?
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, Matthew Napoleoni’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
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 Matthew Napoleoni’s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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