Did negligent security contribute to the shooting in a parking lot outside a Houston nightclub and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
One person is dead and four others were injured after a shooting in a parking lot outside a Houston, TX nightclub early Sunday morning, Jan 15, 2022.
As reported by Click2Houston.com, “[the shooting] happened outside [a lounge] in the 5100 block of FM 1960 near Greenwood Forest Drive at around 2 a.m.”
According to the report, “a vehicle with an unknown number of suspects wearing ski masks pulled up in front of the club. That group got out of the vehicle, and that was when deputies said they pulled out their guns and started firing at club patrons outside of the club, then fled the scene.”
CNN.com is reporting, “[o]ne person died and police were still trying to determine the extent of the injuries sustained by the four victims.”
According to Fox8live.com, “[t]wo of the victims were Tamaya Smothers and Amariah Pridgen…Both ladies are undergoing extensive surgeries.”
The investigation is ongoing.
IS JUSTICE AVAILABLE? OUR LEGAL TAKE
Nightclub and parking lot guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the property 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 prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Was the property owner or manager aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- Were any security personnel at the property?
- Were security measures added after any prior incidents?
- What protocol was in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Have authorities been to the property on prior occasions?
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 property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, the deceased victim’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, Tamaya Smothers and Amariah Pridgen may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
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 deceased victim’s family and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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