Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a Florence nightclub and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
One person is dead after a shooting at a Florence, SC nightclub early Saturday morning, March 11, 2023.
As reported by WMBFnews.com, “the incident happened at the [a lounge] located on Sumter Street.”
WBTW.com is reporting, “[t]he person who was shot was taken to a hospital but died.”
According to WPDE.com, “[a suspect] was taken into custody and charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Investigators said the incident happened during a fight at the club.”
WMBFnews.com is reporting that the Florence County Coroner has identified 22-year-old Dakyas Riyuan Belser, of Florence, as the victim.
The investigation is ongoing.
IS JUSTICE AVAILABLE? OUR LEGAL TAKE
Nightclub 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?
- Does the property owner or management have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- 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 family of Dakyas Riyuan Belser 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 family of Dakyas Riyuan Belser retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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