Could the shooting at an Austin nightclub 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 an Austin, Texas nightclub early Sunday morning, May 23, 2021, leaving one young man dead.
As reported by KXAN.com, “[o]n Sunday around 5:35 a.m., APD said crews responded to a shots fired call at 9705 Reservoir Court and the frontage road of US-290.”
According to the report, “a fight took place inside [a] Club [at that location]…One suspect involved in the fight was asked to leave the club. That suspect and two other unidentified men watched the club, until another person was seen leaving. The suspects fired multiple shots from their car at their intended target.”
KVUE.com is reporting, “[t]he victim, identified as Alejandro Martinez, was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center in a critical condition, but he was pronounced dead on Wednesday at 3:48 p.m.”
Police believe the intended target fled the scene and that the victim was an innocent bystander in this case.
The shooting remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the nightclub 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?
- Does the nightclub have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- Was the nightclub aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- What nightclub security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims and others 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 nightclub owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Alejandro Martinez 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 Alejandro Martinez retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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