Could the shooting at a Rocky Mount nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims?
Gunfire erupted at a Rocky Mount, North Carolina nightclub Saturday, February 23, 2019, leaving two women injured. According to WRAL.com, “[t]he shooting occurred Saturday night in the VIP area of Studio 169 Lounge, at 169 S. Wesleyan Blvd.” RockyMountTelegram.com is reporting, “[o]ne patron was struck by gunfire and another was injured while crawling through broken glass in an attempt to escape the shooter.” Authorities are investigating the incident and according to WRAL.com, “North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents found that club owner…had only a handful of security officers for a crowd of more than 300 customers.”
Studio 169 Lounge has been in the news before concerning a separate violent incident. RockyMountTelegram reported on an incident September 6, 2018, involving gunfire and injuries.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- How many prior incidents of violence have been reported on or near property?
- Did the nightclub do anything to address past violent incidents?
- Does the nightclub have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- What nightclub security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims and others at the time of the shooting?
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 nightclub owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on the premises, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
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.
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