Could the shooting at a Salem bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Update: According to KPTV.com, “police identified the victims as Jose Pablo Arrevalo, 27, and Erlin Adonay Rivas-Lopez, 29, both from Salem.”
Two people were shot at a Salem, Oregon bar early Saturday morning, July 10, 2020.
As reported by KPTV.com, “at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, [police] responded to a shooting at The Capitol Cantina on Hawthorne Avenue Northeast. When they arrived, people were running out of the bar. Officers went directly inside, made sure there was not a threat and found two victims.”
KOIN.com is reporting, “One of [victims] was pronounced deceased at the scene and another was transported with life-threatening injuries, but unfortunately succumbed to those injuries at the Salem hospital.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Bar patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the bar 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 bar aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim 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 bar owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the families of Jose Pablo Arrevalo and Erlin Adonay Rivas-Lopez 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 families of Jose Pablo Arrevalo and Erlin Adonay Rivas-Lopez retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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