Security Negligence? Alleycat Patio and Lounge Shooting in Tacoma, WA Fatally Injures Two People, Three Others Injured.

Alleycat Patio and Lounge Shooting in Tacoma, WA Fatally Injures Two People, Three Others Injured.

Alleycat Patio and Lounge Shooting in Tacoma, WA Fatally Injures Two People, Three Others Injured. (

Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a Tacoma bar and are justice and compensation available to the victims families and injured victims?  Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.


Two people are dead and three others were injured after a shooting at a Tacoma, WA bar early Sunday morning, Nov 5, 2023.

As reported by, “[t]he shooting inside the Alleycat Patio and Lounge happened at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Police say it started as a dispute between two people. But when the bullets stopped, five people had been shot, two of them fatally.” is reporting, “Tacoma police said arriving officers found four victims with gunshot wounds. A 35-year-old man died at the scene and a 34-year-old woman died later as a result of the shooting. Police said three other victims had serious injuries and were taken to the hospital. During the investigation, police learned a fifth victim had been shot.”

The investigation is ongoing.



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Bar patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. 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?
  • Were any security personnel at the property?
  • Were security measures added after any prior incidents?
  • What protocol was in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting? 
  • Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
  • Have authorities been to the property on prior occasions?

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 residents and visitors, the families of the deceased victims 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 the deceased victims and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.


The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence.  We have obtained over $125 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including:

  • A $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property.
  • Settlement in excess of $10 million dollars for a victim of gun violence at an apartment complex.
  • Settlement in excess of $10 million dollars for a family who lost a loved one to gun violence at a commercial property.

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