Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: Fatal Nashville Nightclub Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to the death of one man and injury of two others? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victims and their families may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for compensation.
A shooting outside Reign Night Club and Sports Bar reportedly claimed the life of 28-year-old Bill Ray Long, Jr. and left two others injured Saturday, July 30, 2016.
According to WVLT 8 News, “[t]he early Saturday morning shooting happened at Reign Night Club and Sports Bar. The three men had left the venue around 2:30 a.m. when the shooter approached their SUV and opened fire.”
The victims were reportedly transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. WKRN News reports, 37-year-old LeAnthony Cathey “was shot in the abdomen” and 30-year-old Malcolm Fuller “suffered a wound to his arm.” Their current conditions have not been released. Police are still searching for a suspect.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub and parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure on the property that they are visiting. Given the reported history of gun violence as reported by WKRN, The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided in the parking lot where this incident occurred and whether it may have been prevented.
- What nightclub and parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect patrons at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property? If so, were any additional security measures implemented by the nightclub or parking lot owners to deter crime?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the owner or management of the parking lot or nightclub failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Mr. Long may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death. Additionally, Mr. Cathey and Mr. Fuller may also pursue legal claims for their injuries.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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