Joseph Simms Jr. Killed in Cope Nightclub Shooting…Preventable?

Joseph Simms Jr. Killed in Da Yellow Sto Shooting.

TJoseph Simms Jr. Killed in Cope Nightclub Shooting. (Stock Photo:

Could the shooting death of Joseph Simms Jr. at a Cope nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Simms’ family?

Local News

Gunfire rang out at a Cope, South Carolina nightclub early Saturday morning, March 2, 2019, leaving one man dead.  According to, “[s]omeone called 911 at 4:20 a.m. Saturday to report a shooting incident at Da Yellow Sto, a nightclub located at 2257 Carver School Road in Cope.”  When deputies arrived they found “[t]he victim was on his back on the ground…[d]eputies weren’t able to locate a pulse and determined that the man had a gunshot wound to his head.”  The news story indicates “[t]he victim has been identified as Joseph Simms Jr. of Weatherford Road.”

A suspect has been “charged with murder in the death of Joseph Simms Jr.” according to

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 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?
  • What nightclub security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Simms 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 property owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on the premises, Mr. Simms’ 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 Mr. Simms’ retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

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