Nightclub Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: 4 Shot Outside Nightclub
A fatal shooting that reportedly occurred outside Evolution nightclub in Des Moines claimed the life of a 20-year-old young man and left three others injured Sunday morning, November 8, 2015.
According to WHOTV News, officers “responded to Evolution Nightclub, located at 4397 NW 6th Drive, on a report of a fight outside the club. When deputies arrived, they heard gunshots coming from an area around the club and located a man suffering from a gunshot wound.” Three other victims were also reportedly injured during the incident. Their current conditions have not been released.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive. The Des Moines Register reports that “the nightclub…has seen more than 70 police calls since opening in April, according to data from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.”
Our Legal Take
Patrons of nightclubs and bars have a right to be safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment that they are visiting. Given the history of police calls to the property as reported by the Des Moines Register, The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security offered by the nightclub and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- What age restrictions, if any, are in place at the nightclub and how are these enforced? What weapons screenings, if any, were in place at the time of the incident?
- Following reported previous incidents on or near the property, were any additional security precautions implemented by the nightclub owner or management?
Generally, nightclub owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the nightclub failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of the young man who lost his life may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death. Additional legal claims may also be filed by the other victims injured in the assault.
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. Based upon its prior experience in handling property security negligence claims, 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.
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