Could the shooting at a Middletown bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Middletown, Ohio bar parking lot early Sunday morning, March 28, 2021, leaving one person dead and two others injured.
As reported by Cincinnati.com, “[o]fficers with the Middletown Division of Police responded around 2:14 a.m. to a report of a shooting at [a] Lounge on 611 North Verity Parkway.”
According to the report, “[u]pon arriving at the scene, officers found numerous shots had been fired in the establishment’s parking lot, injuring three men”
Fox19.com is reporting, “Jerode Daijone Hill, 29, was shot and killed as a result of the shooting that took place in the parking lot…the two others injured are expected to recover.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Bar and 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 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?
- Was the property owner aware of any suspicious activity prior to 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 family of Jerode Daijone Hill 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 family of Jerode Daijone Hill and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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