Could the tragic loss of Darold Kevin Dantzler have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims and their families?
Gunfire erupted early Sunday morning, February 17, 2019, claiming the life of one and injuring two others. According to TheState.com, “[t]he shooting happened just after midnight in the 2300 block of Gervais Street…located between Harden Street and Millwood Avenue.” “The shooting occurred at a party in a parking lot with hundreds of people in attendance,” reports TheState.com. Police responded to a call at a party and “found one victim with significant injuries and began performing CPR on him, which proved unsuccessful,” according to WLTX.com. WLTX.com is reporting, “21-year-old Darold Kevin Dantzler, II, died at the scene as a result of gunshot wounds to the upper body.” According to news outlet, “[t]wo other men were treated by EMS at the scene before being taken to a local hospital.”
TheState.com reports that, while a possible motive is uncertain, “officers believe that there was an argument between a few people before the shooting occurred.”
Our Legal Take
Business and parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
- Was there an adequate security plan established for the party?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Dantzler and others at the time of the shooting?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the property owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on the premises, Mr. Dantzler’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss. Additionally, any other victims of the shooting may pursue claims for their injuries.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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