Could the shooting death at a North Charleston nightclub 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 at a North Charleston, South Carolina nightclub late Tuesday night, May 18, 2021, leaving one man dead.
As reported by Counton2.com, the shooting happened at “Vibez Lounge and Bar on Ashley Phosphate Road.”
According to the report, “officers were working in an ‘off duty capacity’ when they said a large crowd quickly exited the building…[m]oment later, several subjects came out of the club carrying the victim by his arms.”
ABCNews4.com is reporting, “[t]he victim, only identified as a 30-year-old Goose Creek man, was later transported to an area hospital. Officials confirmed he died from his injuries.”
Per the report, “footage from the club appeared to show the victim being shot in the mid-body region while he was on the dance floor.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Bar and nightclub 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 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 property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the victim’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 the victim’s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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