Could the shooting death at a Newport social club have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Newport, RI social club early Monday morning, February 14, 2022, leaving a man dead and one other man injured.
As reported by NewportRI.com, “a shooting took place at approximately 1:17 a.m. on Monday, at 3 Farewell St., where the [social club] is located.”
WHDH.com is reporting, “[b]oth victims were taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence where Yordi Arevalo, 25, was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds.”
According to the report, “Aroldo M. Noel Paniaqua, 30, was treated for minor injuries caused by gunshot wounds and released.”
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting.
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Bar and social club 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 there any suspicious activity or suspicious people on the property prior to the shooting.
- Does the club 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 club owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Yordi Arevalo may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, Aroldo M. Noel Paniaqua may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for his 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 Yordi Arevalo and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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