Could the tragic loss of Jakari Lewis have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims and their families?
Gunfire erupted at a Hartford, Connecticut nightclub early Saturday morning, February 17, 2019, claiming the life of one and injuring two others. According to Boston.com, “the shooting happened around 1:45 a.m. Sunday as the Vibz Uptown nightclub was closing for the night.” WFSB.com is reporting the “victim as Jakari Lewis, 28, of Hartford.” Two others were injured in the gunfire, “a 29-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman,” reports Boston.com.
The media reports indicate the investigation is still ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub 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?
- What nightclub security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Lewis 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 nightclub owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on the premises, Mr. Lewis’ 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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