Could the deaths from a shooting at a Pawleys Island nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the family of Mr. Cobb and Mr. Washington?
Gunfire rang out at a Pawleys Island, South Carolina nightclub early Friday morning, March 29, 2019, leaving two dead and one injured. According to WMBFnews.com, “[d]eputies were called to a nightclub at 915 Petigru Drive shortly after 3 a.m., after getting calls about the shooting.” The news story reports that “[t]wo people have died…[a] third person was also taken to an area hospital with gunshot wounds.” According to WBTW.com, “[t]he shooting happened at the same nightclub at 915 Petigru Drive where a man also was shot and killed in 2018.”
According to a MyrtleBeachOnline.com report, “Matthew Cobb Jr., 28, of Hemingway and Tevin Washington, 28, of Georgetown died from injuries suffered in the early morning shooting.” The shooting remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Were security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras, security personnel, and security patrol in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Does the nightclub have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the property owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on the premises, the family of Mr. Cobb and Mr. Washington may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the the family of Mr. Cobb and Mr. Washington retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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