Could the shooting at a Clarksville parking lot 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 Clarksville, Tennessee parking lot Wednesday night, July 24, 2019, leaving one person injured and another man dead.
According to WKRN.com, “[p]olice responded around 9:30 p.m. to the 1000 block of College Street where…they found a chaotic scene and a ‘mass exodus’ of people leaving the parking lot.”
Per the report, “there was a large gathering of people celebrating together when gunshots were fired and the two men were struck.”
Fox17.com is reporting that both men were in critical condition and one was transported via helicopter to a Nashville hospital and the other was transported to a local hospital in Clarksville. “Eric Hardy, 26, died from injures sustained in the shooting.” The other victim is in critical condition, according to the report.
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
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 parking lot 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, and, if so, were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Did the parking lot have adequate security in place at the time of the gathering?
- What 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?
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 victim’s family 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 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 the victim’s family and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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