Could this shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted at a Kennewick, Washington bar early Saturday morning, June 8, 2019, leaving two people injured. According to Fox41Yakima.com, “police responded to reports of gunshots around 2 a.m. Saturday morning at the Three City Sports Bar in Kennewick.” Tri-CityHerald.com is reporting, “Lamar Turner, 36, got into an altercation with the shooter inside the 3 City Sports Bar Saturday morning…[t]he fight ended when the other man fired several times, hitting Turner in the leg, pelvis and elbow.” Another victim who wasn’t involved in the argument, “Juvenal Torres, 27, was hit in the foot,” according to the report. Both victims were treated at the hospital for non life-threatening injuries.
Media reports suggest the suspect has not been detained.
Our Legal Take
Bar patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the bar 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 measure were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting, including, but not limited to:
- bright lighting;
- visible surveillance cameras; and
- security personnel
- Does the establishment have any gun control protocol for guests entering?
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 bar owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, Lamar Turner and Juvenal Torres 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 Lamar Turner and Juvenal Torres retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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