Could the shooting at a Sheyenne 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.
Gunfire rang out inside a Sheyenne, ND bar Sunday evening, Feb 19, 2023, leaving one man dead.
As reported by KVRR.com, “[o]ne man is dead after a shooting inside [a bar] in Sheyenne, North Dakota…the incident occurred shortly after 7:00 pm Sunday.”
ValleyNewsLive.com is reporting, “[the victim and the suspect] exchanged words at the bar before [the suspect] fired a short-barrel shotgun. After the shooting, [the suspect] went around the bar and pointed the firearm at two victims while he grabbed the security camera footage that was plugged in.
According to the report, [the suspect] then pointed the shotgun at the five victims left in the bar and demanded they turn over their cell phones, as well as told two of the victims to give him their car keys. [the suspect] went out the back door and stole a 2013 Ford Explorer.”
KVRR.com is reporting that “[f]amily has identified the victim as Troyal Thumb.”
The investigation is ongoing.
IS JUSTICE AVAILABLE? OUR LEGAL TAKE
Bar 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?
- Were any security personnel at the property?
- Were security measures added after any prior incidents?
- What protocol was in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
- Have authorities been to the property on prior occasions?
- Does the property owner or management have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
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 Troyal Thumb 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 the family of Troyal Thumb retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $125 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including:
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