Could the shooting at a Mansfield bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim?
Gunfire rang out at a Mansfield, Ohio bar early Sunday morning, April 7, 2019, leaving one man injured. According to Cleveland19.com, “[p]olice in Mansfield responded to a report of shots fired [at] 1349 Park Avenue West around 1:20 a.m. Sunday.” The news story reports, “[w]hen officers arrived on scene at [the bar], they found 21-year-old Tyron Gray Jr. with a gunshot wound to the head and a large crowd dispersing.” According to RichlandSource.com, the incident escalated from a group of people not being allowed in the bar, “[s]ecurity guards attempted to keep the men outside the building, but ultimately the group made their way in.” A disturbance ensued and that is when the shots were fired. Tyron Gray Jr. was listed in critical condition on Sunday afternoon according to the report.
Media outlets indicate the investigation is ongoing, no suspects have been identified.
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 on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been any prior incidents of violence reported on or near the property?
- Were there security measures, such as lighting, surveillance cameras, or security personnel, in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Gray 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 property owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on the premises, Tyron Gray’s family 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 Mr. Gray’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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