Jessie Roberts Killed in Crossfire from a Knoxville Nightclub Shooting; Justice for Family?

Jessie Roberts Killed in Crossfire From Shooting at The Vibe Nightclub.

Jessie Roberts Killed in Crossfire From Shooting at Knoxville Nightclub. (Stock Photo:

Did negligent security contribute to this tragic loss of life and are justice and compensation available to Jessie Roberts family?


Gunfire rang out at a Knoxville, Tennessee nightclub early Sunday morning, March 31, 2019, leaving one innocent bystander shot and killed.  According to, [a] woman who was sitting in a car at a fast food restaurant died after being hit by a stray bullet from gunfire that erupted outside a North Knoxville nightclub early Sunday.”  The news story reports that witnesses in the car with Jessie Roberts said “a bullet fired from the direction of The Vibe, 2630 N. Broadway, pierced the passenger side door and struck her as the car idled in the drive-thru of the Krystal on the other side of the street. ”  Jessie Roberts was not at the club that night, just in line at a drive-thru waiting to grab some food.

This is not the first shooting tied to the nightclub this year, a man died from a shooting at the club on New Years Day, according to  The report talks of other incidents as well, “[p]olice have responded to 30 disturbance calls at that location since mid-2016. 14 of the calls happened in the last five months and three of those 14 calls included a weapon.”


Nightclub and restaurant patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the nightclub and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • How many prior incidents of violence have been reported on or near the property?  
  • Was anything done to address any prior incidents of violence at the property?
  • Were there security measures, such as lighting, surveillance cameras, or security personnel, in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others at the time of the shooting?
  • Does the nightclub have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?

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 station owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Jessie Roberts’ family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.

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 Jessie Roberts’ family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.


The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and their families and security negligence.  We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for out Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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