Could the shooting outside a Kansas City 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 man was shot and killed outside a Kansas City, Missouri bar early Monday morning, December 6, 2021.
As reported by KSHB.com, “[p]olice were called to the area about 2:30 a.m. Monday because people in the area heard gunshots.”
According to the report, “when officers arrived, they found a man in the parking lot of [a lounge] who had been shot. He died at the scene.”
KMBC.com is reporting, “[t]he victim has been identified as 33-year-old Mondrell L. Smallwood.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Bar 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?
- Does the property have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- 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 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 Mondrell L. Smallwood 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 family of Mondrell L. Smallwood retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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