Could the death from a shooting outside a North Charleston sports bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A shooting outside a North Charleston, South Carolina sports bar early Monday morning, July 1, 2019, left one man dead. According to Live5News.com, “North Charleston officers responded to the 3500 block of Dorchester Road at approximately 1:43 a.m. for a shooting…where…a man [was found] shot on the ground.” ABCnews4.com is reporting, “[t]he victim was taken to MUSC, where he later died.” Live5news.com indicates that authorities have identified the victim as “34-year-old Lamont Simmons of North Charleston.”
The suspect has not been identified and the investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Bar and restaurant 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 assault 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?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others at the time of the incident?
- Was the bar aware of any suspicious activity from the suspect prior to the incident?
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, 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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