Could the shooting in a parking lot outside a Des Moines sports bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families and the other injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted outside a Des Moines, Washington sports bar early Sunday morning, September 26, 2021, leaving three people dead and three others injured.
As reported by Q13fox.com, “[p]olice received several calls of a shooting at La Familia Sports Pub and Lounge early Sunday morning, located near Pacific Hwy S. and Ken Des Moines Road.”
King5.com is reporting, “[w]hen officers arrived, they found six people who had been shot in the parking lot and began lifesaving measures. As of Sunday morning, three of the victims had died.” As of Monday morning, “one of the victims was in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The other two victims were released from the hospital.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Business 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?
- Was the property owner or management aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of 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 deceased victims families may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victims 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 deceased victims families and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect his interests.
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