Could the shooting in a lot next to a Dover nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out in parking lot adjacent to a Dover, Delaware nightclub early Wednesday morning, September 25, 2019, leaving at least two people injured.
As reported by WBOC.com, “at least two people were injured following a shooting that happened outside of the Allure Nightclub.”
According to the report, “officers were called to the club, located at 865 N. DuPont Highway, shortly before 1:30 a.m. for a report of a shooting.”
WMDT.com is reporting, “[p]olice believe the incident happened on property immediately next to the nightclub’s parking lot as the club was closing for the night, when a group of subjects got into an altercation and an unknown suspect started firing.”
Three victims were taken by private vehicles to Kent General Hospital for treatment, one victim showed no visible injury and declined medical treatment, per the report.
The shooting remains under investigation, no suspects have been arrested per the media report.
WDEL.com recently reported on another shooting outside the Allure Nightclub in May 2019.
Our Legal Take
Business patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided in the parking lot 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?
- Was the property owner aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- What 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 property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the 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 victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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