Could the shooting at a Darlington County nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at a Darlington County, South Carolina nightclub early Thursday morning, June 7, 2019, leaving one woman injured. According to WPDE.com, “the incident occurred in the early morning hours at Studio 54 on Timmonsville Highway.” According to the news story, “there were reports of gunfire, but deputies were unable to locate a victim or a suspect.” A short time later, a woman arrived at the hospital by private vehicle with a gunshot wound and ” investigators believe she was shot at the club,” WPDE.com reports. The investigation is ongoing according to the media report.
WMBFnews.com reported on a shooting at this location in August 2017.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the nightclub 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?
- 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 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 nightclub owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for her injuries.
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 victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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