Could the shooting at an illegal Tacoma nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and any injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Update: Q13Fox.com has identified the victim in the fatal Tacoma nightclub shooting as “Terrance Paige.”
Gunfire rang out at a Tacoma, WA nightclub early Saturday morning, February 6, 2021, leaving one man dead and others injured.
As reported by KIRO7.com, “[o]fficers responded around 2 a.m. Saturday to reports of a shooting at a business in the 3600 block of E. McKinley Avenue.”
TheNewsTribune.com is reporting, when officers arrived, “[o]ne man was found inside the building and declared deceased at the scene. Three others were treated at the hospital for injuries.”
According to the report, “Tacoma police said the shooting appeared to have occurred at an after-hours club being run out of one of the units of the building.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
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 family of Terrance Paige may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured 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 family of Terrance Paige and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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