Could the shooting outside a Winston-Salem nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims?
Gunfire erupted at a Winston-Salem, North Carolina nightclub early Sunday morning, April 7, 2019, leaving 6 people injured. MyFox8.com is reporting, “[o]fficers were called to NOVA Lounge shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday, saying that a disturbance led up to the shooting.” According to JournalNow.com, “[p]olice found three victims of apparent gunshot wounds outside the club — Adrian Carpenter, 26, of Reynolds Forest Drive; Danette Hazel Mae France, 26, of Tully Square; and Jermaine Lamont May Jr., 26, of Tall Pines Court. They were taken by Forsyth County EMS to a local hospital.” While on the scene investigating “police learned of three more victims also suffering from gunshot wounds — Jimmie Lereja Manns, 24, of Village Creek Circle; Christopher Dejuan Davis, 32, of New Walkertown Road, and Lauren Ashley Stafford, 26, of Springhouse Farm Road. They were taken to local hospitals in personal vehicles.” All victims are recovering from their non life-threatening injuries according to the media outlets.
No suspect information has been released.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence 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 victims at the time of the shooting?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the property owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on or around the premises, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their injuries.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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