Could the shooting at a Fort Lauderdale nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out outside at a Fort Lauderdale, FL nightclub early Sunday morning, December 26, 2021, leaving one man dead and another person injured.
As reported by WSVN.com, “the incident took place at the 800 block of Northeast 62nd Street, outside of [the lounge] at around 5 a.m., Sunday.”
According to the report, “[r]esponding Fort Lauderdale Police officers found a man in the parking lot with apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”
WSVN.com is reporting that police have identified the deceased victim as “Bernie Jean, a resident of the city of Pompano Beach.”
MiamiHerald.com is reporting, “[a]nother person, who had been shot by a stray bullet, was being taken to Broward Health with what were called non-life threatening injuries.”
Local10.com has reported on this location in the past. According to a past report, “[t]here were three calls at [this location] for shootings. One of the shootings was last year on June 13 and the other two were on Jan. 15 and May 13. In about 11 months, there were dozens of calls about disturbances related to either a public nuisance or noise.
The shooting remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub 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 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?
- Was there any suspicious activity or suspicious people on the property 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 victim 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 family of Bernie Jean may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. in addition, any injured victim 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 and investigation 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 Bernie Jean and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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