Security Failure? Fadson Excellent Killed, Bataskia Marzette and One Other Injured in West Palm Beach Gentleman’s Club Shooting.

Fadson Excellent Killed, Bataskia Marzette and One Other Injured in West Palm Beach Gentleman's Club Shooting.

Fadson Excellent Killed, Bataskia Marzette and One Other Injured in West Palm Beach Gentleman’s Club Shooting. (Stock Photo: MurrayLegal.com)

Could the shooting death at a West Palm Beach gentleman’s club 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.

Local News

Gunfire rang out at a West Palm Beach, Florida gentleman’s club early Thursday morning, November 28, 2019, leaving one man dead and two others injured.

As reported by WPTV.com, the shooting occurred “around 3:15 a.m. at [a]…Gentlemen’s Club located at 4400 block of Purdy Ln.”

According to the report, “[w]hen deputies arrived at the club, they learned an altercation had just occurred, resulting in several people being shot.”

CBS12.com is reporting, “[d]eputies said [the suspect] shot and killed 28-year-old Fadson Excellent during an altercation at the club…[a] second man had a gun shot wound to his chest…[a] third man, identified by deputies as 38-year-old Bataskia Marzette, suffered a gun shot wound to his hand.”

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting.

Our Legal Take

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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?
  • Was the nightclub aware of any disputes or arguments prior to the shooting?
  • What nightclub security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims and others 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, the family of Fadson Excellent 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 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 family of Fadson Excellent and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.

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