Could the shooting at a Jackson nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Jackson, MS nightclub early Sunday morning, October 17, 2021, leaving three people dead.
As reported by WAPT.com, “[t]he shooting took place early Sunday morning following a disturbance at [a nightclub] on Medgar Evers Boulevard.”
According to the report, “[m]ultiple rounds were fired inside of the building.”
WJTV.com is reporting, “Alicia Brown, 24, of McComb, was found inside the club near the front entrance shot multiple times. Deanne Bell, 20, of Chicago, was found shot multiple times at the back of the club, and Elijah Bridges, 22, of Vicksburg, was also found at the back of the club shot multiple times. They died at the scene.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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 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 nightclub aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- Does the nightclub check guests for dangerous weapons prior to entering the establishment?
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 families of Alicia Brown, Elijah Bridges and Deanne Bell may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their 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 families of Alicia Brown, Elijah Bridges and Deanne Bell and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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