Could the shooting death at a Blythewood nightclub 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 Blythewood, South Carolina nightclub early Monday morning, September 2, 2019, leaving one man dead.
As reported by ColaDaily.com, the shooting happened “early Monday morning sometime between 1:50 a.m. and 2:15 a.m….at 10320 Farrow Road.”
Richland County deputies were called to the nightclub after a gun shot victim was brought into the emergency room at Providence North East Hospital.
According to WLTX.com, “[w]hen deputies arrived at [the nightclub] a security guard at the club gave them a recovered gun, and…[a] K-9 recovered an additional gun behind the club.”
The victim, identified as “Devon Roney, 24, of Waites Road in Columbia,” died at the hospital at 2:48 a.m., according to the report.
The investigation is ongoing, no suspects have been identified.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the nightclub 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 nightclub 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 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 nightclub owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, Devon Roney’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
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 Devon Roney’s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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