Could the shooting at a South Bend bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a South Bend, Indiana bar early Sunday morning, June 23, 2019, leaving one man dead and 10 other people injured. According to WSBT.com, “[i]t happened at [a] Pub on E. Mishawaka Avenue in South Bend, near Longfellow Avenue, just east of S.R. 23.” WNDU.com “has identified the victim shot and killed outside [the] Pub in South Bend as 27-year-old Brandon D. Williams, of Niles.” Ten additional gunshot wound victims have been identified, and were treated at area hospitals according to the WNDU.com report. Media reports indicate the bar was very busy at the time of the shooting, with a crowd of 75-100 individuals inside and outside the bar.
The shooting remains under investigation, no arrests have been made according to the media outlets.
Our Legal Take
Bar 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?
- Does the bar have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- What nightclub security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Was the bar properly staffed with security personnel for the large crowd?
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, Brandon William’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any other 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 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 Brandon William’s family and any other injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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