Did negligent security contribute to this shooting and are justice and compensation available to the victims?
Gunfire rang out inside a Columbia, South Carolina bar early Sunday morning, April 28, 2019, leaving two people injured. According to Live5News.com, “the shooting happend inside The Cotton Gin, located at 632 Harden Street, shortly before 2 a.m.” PostandCourier.com is reporting, “a man argued with an employee after being told to leave The Cotton Gin shortly before 2 a.m. The employee was shot in the leg while escorting the man out of the bar…[t]he same bullet also struck a bar patron in the leg.” A suspect has been identified according to the PostandCourier.com news report but no arrests have been made.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Bar 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 bar and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Were security measures, such as lighting, surveillance cameras, or security personnel, in place to deter crime and protect the victims 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?
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 bar owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their 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 victims 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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