Could the shooting at a Des Moines 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.
Update: According to WOWT.com, “[a]n Omaha woman has died, more than a week after she was shot at a Des Moines bar…[the] 26-year-old woman was hospitalized in critical condition and died Tuesday.”
A man and woman were shot at a Des Moines, Iowa bar early Sunday morning, October 10, 2021.
As reported by WHO13.com, “[a] 26-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were both shot after a fight broke out at the High Dive Bar at 508 Indianola Road just before 1 a.m. Sunday.”
KCCI.com is reporting, “one man was shot in the face. He has been released from the hospital. The woman was shot in the neck.” The woman was in critical condition.
The investigation is ongoing.
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?
- Was the property owner or management aware of any suspicious activity prior to the incident?
- 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 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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