Could the shooting at a San Bernardino hookah bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a San Bernardino, CA hookah bar Friday night, May 20, 2022, leaving one man dead and multiple others injured.
As reported by NBCLosAngeles.com, “[t]he shooting in the city east of San Bernardino was reported just before midnight in the 3600 block of East Highland Avenue. Officers encountered a large crowd of about 100 people in the area for a party at a hookah lounge.”
According to the report, “[a] shooting victim located outside died at the scene…[e]ight other people were hospitalized with what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries.”
ABC7.com is reporting, “[o]ne person was pronounced dead at the scene. Family members later said their 20-year-old grandson, later identified by police as Allen Gresham Jr., was killed.”
Per the report, “[p]olice are calling that party an “unpermitted special event,” and say some type of argument occurred between at least two individuals inside the event, and multiple gunshots were exchanged.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Hookah 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 bar 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 bar aware of any suspicious activity prior to 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 bar owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Allen Gresham Jr. 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 family of Allen Gresham Jr. and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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