Could the shooting at a Joplin hookah 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.
Gunfire erupted inside a Joplin, MO hookak bar late Sunday night, June 7, 2020, leaving two people dead.
As reported by FourStatesHomepage.com, “[t]he Joplin Police Department responded to [a restaurant and bar] at 110 North Rangeline Road, around 11:40 Sunday night for a large disturbance and gunshots.”
According to the report, “[t]wo people were found dead inside the business upon arrival.”
KOAMnewsnow.com is reporting, “[t]he victims are Toua Y. Lee, 36, of Joplin, and Chong K. Xiong, 30, of Duenweg.”
A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
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 Toua Y. Lee and Chong K. Xiong 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 Toua Y. Lee and Chong K. Xiong retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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