Parking Lot Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Fatal Pompano Beach Sports Bar Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to the death of this young man? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for compensation
26-year-old Derek Willard was reportedly shot and killed in the parking lot outside the Play-by-Play Sports Bar and Lounge early Monday morning, October 31, 2016.
According to The Sun-Sentinel, Mr. Willard was discovered “in the parking lot of Play-by-Play Sports Bar and Lounge, 440 S. Cypress Road,” shortly after midnight and was transported to Broward Health North.
Police have apparently not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.
Our Legal Take
Business and parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure on the property that they are visiting. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the business and whether this tragic loss of life may have been prevented.
- What 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 sports bar parking lot owner 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 parking lot owner or manager failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Derek Willard may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for 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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