Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Fatal Baltimore Hookah Lounge Shooting
27-year-old Rondell Street has reportedly succumbed to fatal injuries sustained in a robbery-shooting outside Ace Lounge in East Baltimore Wednesday night, April 1, 2016.
The shooting apparently occurred in the rear yard of Ace Lounge in Oldtown, around 3:45am. The Baltimore Sun reports, “an unknown male suspect attempted to rob Street while he was in the rear of the Ace Lounge and that, for unknown reasons, the suspect shot Street before running down the alley.”
Baltimore Police are still searching for a suspect.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub patrons have a right to be safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment that they are visiting. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to patrons of the hookah lounge where this incident occurred and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- What security measures, such as surveillance cameras, bright lighting and security patrols, were in place to protect patrons at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near property and, if so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the nightclub or parking lot owner to deter crime?
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 owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of the young victim may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.
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. 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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