Could the shooting death at a St. Louis 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 at a St. Louis, MO bar Sunday night, October 4, 2020, leaving one man dead.
As reported by bnd.com, “[t]he shooting is being investigated as a homicide which occurred at [a] bar and restaurant at 1930 N. Ninth St. at 10:45 p.m Sunday”
According to the report, “officers received a call about a shooting at the bar and when they arrived on scene, they located the victim inside the business suffering from multiple gunshot wounds…[the victim] was pronounced dead on scene.”
KMOV.com is reporting, the victim is identified as “36-year-old William Edwards of Cahokia, Illinois.”
A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
The shooting remains under investigation.
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 bar 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?
- Was there any suspicious activity or suspicious people on the property prior to the shooting.
- Does the bar have a protocol to check for deadly weapons prior to patrons entering the establishment.
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim 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 bar owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, William Edwards’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 William Edwards’s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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