Could the shooting at a North Charleston 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 North Charleston bar late Wednesday night, July 6, 2022, leaving one woman dead.
As reported by ABCnews4.com, “North Charleston Police responded to an incident just before 11:30 p.m. at [a bar/restaurant] 8780 Rivers Ave.”
According to the report, “[u]pon arrival, the victim was found laying on the floor just inside the building’s door. Several citizens were attempting to render aid.”
Live5news.com is reporting, “[t]he responding officers attempted life-saving measures, but the victim died from her injuries.”
Per the report, “Zarria Mariah Gadsden, 22, died at the scene of the shooting…from a gunshot wound.”
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?
- 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?
- Was the property owner or management aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- What protocols were taken to ensure the safety of those inside the property following the removal of patrons?
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 Zarria Mariah Gadsdenn 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 Zarria Mariah Gadsden retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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