Could the shooting at a Memphis nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Memphis, Tennessee nightclub early Friday morning, October 22, 2021, leaving one man dead and another person injured.
As reported by Fox13Memphis.com, “[t]he gunfire erupted at [the nightclub] 5959 Winchester Rd., in Hickory Hill. Memphis police responded to the shooting just after 12:30 a.m.”
LocalMemphis.com is reporting, “[the suspect] punched the victim, pulled out a gun, and shot two people.”
According to the report, “[the suspect] continued to shoot one of the men while he was on the ground. He died on the scene…[t]he other man who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.”
WREG.com is reporting, “Memphis Police have identified the deceased victim as Lawrence Williams.”
The suspect was later arrested.
The shooting remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub 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 there any suspicious activity or suspicious people on the property 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 victim 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 family of Lawrence Williams may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. in addition, any injured victim 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 and investigation 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 family of Lawrence Williams and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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