Could the shooting at a Columbus nightclub 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 Columbus, OH nightclub early Thursday morning, January 13, 2022, leaving one man dead and another person injured.
As reported by ABC6onyourside.com, “officials received a call just after 2 a.m. on a report about an armed group of people arguing and fighting in the parking lot of the [Lounge] in the 1300 block of South Hamilton Avenue. As police were headed to the location, dispatchers received another call that someone had been shot.”
10tv.com is reporting, “[w]hen officers arrived, they found 32-year-old Billy White in the parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to Mount Carmel East where he was pronounced dead at 2:32 a.m.”
According to the report, “[o]fficers at the scene also found two more victims, a 65-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man. The woman was taken to Mount Carmel East and the man drove himself to Grant Medical Center.”
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 Billy White 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 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 Billy White and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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