Could the shooting outside a Sumter 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 young man was shot and killed outside a Sumter, South Carolina bar early Sunday morning, July 28, 2021.
As reported by WIStv.com, the shooting happened “at a bar in the 1300 block of Peach Orchard Road in the early hours on August 8.”
According to WIStv.com, “[the suspect] shot 23-year-old Nigel Scott Batts outside of the [bar] on Peach Orchard Road. Batts was transported from the scene to an area hospital where he later died.”
TheState.com is reporting, just days after the fatal shooting “the business was shut down for being ‘a nuisance.'”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Bar 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 the property owner or manager 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 Nigel Scott Batts 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 Nigel Scott Batts retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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