Could the shooting at a Topeka bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A man was shot at a Topeka, Kansas bar early Wednesday morning, December 15, 2020, leaving one man injured.
As reported by CJonline.com, “Topeka police were called about 2 a.m. on the report of a shooting at 45th Street Topeka, a bar at 4601 S.W. Topeka Blvd.”
WIBW.com is reporting, “[o]fficers responding to the call secured the area but didn’t find a shooting victim at the scene…the victim arrived at a local hospital by private vehicle with injuries considered to be life-threatening.” The report indicates that “[o]fficers and detectives could be seen shining flashlights in the parking lot of the establishment as they looked for evidence” and that “[p]olice also were seen shining flashlights into vehicles in the 45th Street bar’s parking lot.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Bar and parking lot 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 shooting?
- 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 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 victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect his interests.
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