Did negligent security contribute to this shooting and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted Tuesday afternoon, August 6, 2019 outside a Winston-Salem, North Carolina restaurant leaving one man dead.
According to WXII12.com, Julius Sampson Jr., 32, was fatally shot after a disturbance took place inside…[a] restaurant that turned into an altercation at about 3:40 p.m….The restaurant is located at 192 Hanes Mall Circle.”.”
As reported by WFMYnews2.com, “an argument started inside of the business, and the fight spilled out to the parking lot…at some point during the argument, [the suspect] pulled out a handgun and killed [Mr.] Sampson.”
The suspect has been arrested and was found to be intoxicated when he was arrested, according to the report.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Business 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 there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
- Did the restaurant attempt to de-escalate the argument 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 victim’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
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 victim’s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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