Could the shooting death outside a Fountain Hills 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.
Gunfire rang out in a parking lot outside a Fountain Hills, Arizona bar Thursday Night, July 11, 2019, leaving one man dead. According to ABC15.com, “Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials…were called to [a] Bar and Grill near Saguaro and Palisades boulevards around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.” Two men reportedly got into a verbal and physical fight inside the bar and continued the argument outside. One of the men pulled a gun during the fight and shot 28-year-old Matthew Dylan Gilmore, according to the report. 12News.com is reporting the suspect was booked into jail on charges of manslaughter and discharging a firearm in city limits.
The shooting remains under investigation.
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 prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Does the property have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Gilmore at the time of the shooting?
- Did the business 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, Matthew Dylan Gilmore’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 Matthew Dylan Gilmore’s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect his interests.
OUR RESULTS: OVER $100 MILLION IN VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS FOR OUR CLIENTS
The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.
We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.