Could the shooting outside a Houston nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the families of the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out outside a Houston, Texas nightclub early Sunday morning, October 6, 2019, leaving two people dead and one person injured.
As reported by ABC13.com, “Houston police responded to reports of a shooting outside of a nightclub in the 9000 block of Westheimer around 2 a.m.”
According to the report, “a fight broke out inside of the club and then moved outside…someone pulled out a gun and fired several shots, killing two people and injuring one more.”
The injured victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition, per 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 property 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?
- What 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?
- Does the nightclub check guests for dangerous weapons prior to entering the establishment?
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 families of the victims 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 families of the victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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