Could this shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Pepper Pike News
Gunfire erupted at a Pepper Pike, Ohio restaurant Sunday morning, June 2, 2019, leaving four people injured. According to Cleveland19.com, “shots were fired after a private party held at the Europa Restaurant at 30519 Pinetree Road…the shooting happened in the parking lot when the party ended.” Cleveland.com is reporting, “[s]omeone fired several gunshots in the parking lot, hitting three people…[a] fourth person suffered injuries from shattered glass.” All four victims suffered non-life threatening injures according to the report.
The incident is still under investigation, no suspects have been detained according to media reports.
Our Legal Take
Restaurant patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the restaurant 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 there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- Was the establishment properly staffed with security personnel for the event?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims 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 restaurant owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries.
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 victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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