Could the shooting death of at a North Knoxville nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family?
Gunfire rang out at a Knoxville, Tennessee nightclub early Sunday morning, March 31, 2019, leaving one man dead and two others injured. According to KnoxNews.com, “Knoxville Police Department officers responded about 4:10 a.m. to a shots-fired call near The Vibe, at 2630 North Broadway.” The news story reports that “One person was fatally shot. The two people who were wounded had injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.” This is not the first shooting tied to the nightclub this year, a man died from a shooting at the club on New Years Day, according to WBIR.com. The WBIR.com report talks of other incidents as well, “[p]olice have responded to 30 disturbance calls at that location since mid-2016. 14 of the calls happened in the last five months and three of those 14 calls included a weapon.”
Media reports indicate the investigation is ongoing, no suspects have been identified.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- How many prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Was anything done to address any prior incidents of violence at the property?
- Were there security measures, such as lighting, surveillance cameras, or security personnel, in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others at the time of the shooting?
- Does the nightclub have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the property owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on the premises, the deceased victim’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss. In addition, any surviving victims may seek justice and elect to 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 victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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