Did negligent security contribute to this shooting and are justice and compensation available to the victim?
Gunfire erupted outside a Dover, Delaware nightclub early Saturday morning, May 4, 2019, leaving one young man injured.
According to DelawareOnline.com, “[f]ights again broke out at Allure Nightclub early Saturday morning…Dover officers arrived at the nightclub around 1:30 a.m. after a report of a large fight and someone there being armed with a handgun.” The news story reports, “[o]fficers arrived and were arresting a man with a gun when another fight started up in another part of the parking lot…[s]hots were fired in that fight and an onlooker was hit in the hip.” WDEL.com is reporting, “[a] 21-year-old man was hit in the hip, and was taken to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, where he’s in stable condition with an injury police say isn’t life-threatening.” The police are still looking for the suspect according to the media reports.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the nightclub and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- Were security measures, such as lighting, surveillance cameras, or security personnel, in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others at the time of the shooting?
- Does the nightclub have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- Did any past incidents of violence bring about any security changes?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the nightclub owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims 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.
The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and their families and security negligence. We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for out Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.
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