Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Man Shot, Injured in Houston Nightclub Parking Lot
Did negligent security contribute to this parking lot shooting? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation
A man was reportedly shot and in the parking lot outside Encore nightclub in Houston Sunday morning, October 16, 2016.
According to KHOU News, “the shooting occurred around 2:00 a.m. on FM 1960 and Walters Road. HPD said the shooting started after some sort of argument/disturbance happened in the parking lot of the Encore Night Club.” A male victim was apparently transported to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. His current condition has not been released.
Our Legal Take
Bar 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 in the parking lot and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
What security measures, such as bright lighting, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect patrons at the time of the shooting?
- Were any attempts made to safely and separately remove those involved in the initial dispute from the premises, prior to escalating to violence?
- October crime reports, from Spotcrime.com, reveal a number of recent robberies and assaults in the area. Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property? If so, were any additional security measures implemented by the bar or 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 victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his 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 retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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