Could the shooting at a Dallas bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted outside a Dallas, TX bar early Monday morning, May 25, 2020, leaving one man dead.
As reported by CBSDFW.com, “[p]olice were called to…[a] Bar in the 2600 block of McKinney Avenue intersection, near Boll Street, around 1:30 a.m. Monday. When officers arrived they found the male victim, later identified as Tommie Richard Rodger, lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the chest. The 32-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital, but was” sadly unable to survive his injuries.
According to the report, “at some point [the suspect] was actually thrown out of the bar; at which time he went to a party bus that he owned, got a gun, and returned. After being escorted from the club a second time [the suspect] got into a fight with Rodger that ended when he allegedly shot him several times.”
The suspect fled the scene but eventually surrendered to police and was arrested.
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 family of Tommie Richard Rodger 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 Tommie Richard Rodger retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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