Could the shooting death and stabbing at a Raleigh nightclub parking lot have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and others injured? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Update: CBS17.com is reporting, “Eric Freeman was shot during the incident…[h]e was taken to WakeMed in serious condition and died on Wednesday.”
Gunfire rang out outside at a Raleigh, North Carolina nightclub early Sunday morning, December 15, 2019, leaving multiple people injured.
As reported by NewsObserver.com, “[a]round 2 a.m. Sunday Raleigh police responded to a shooting at [a club parking lot] on the 5500 block of Atlantic Springs Road…[t]hree people were injured.”
WRAL.com is reporting, “Eric Jenade Freeman, 47, was taken to WakeMed and was listed in critical condition on Monday. Brandon Lamar Butler, 36, walked in to Duke Raleigh Hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds following the incident…Marcus Noel Best, 31, was taken to the WakeMed from the club with non-life-threatening stab wounds.”
The shooting remains under investigation, no suspects have been arrested per the media report.
Our Legal Take
Business and parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the property 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 property owner or management have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- Was the property owner or management 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 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 property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Eric Jenade Freeman may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, Brandon Lamar Butler and Marcus Noel Best 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 Eric Jenade Freeman’s family and Brandon Lamar Butler, Marcus Noel Best retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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