Aretavius Washington Killed in Albany Nightclub Shooting; Family’s Avenue to Justice

Could this tragedy have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Aretavius Washington’s family?

Gunfire erupted outside “Big Daddy’s Lounge on East Broad Avenue” Friday morning, June 29, 2018, claiming the life of 33-year-old Aretavius Washington, according to FOX 8 reports.

Police told WALB News “an argument inside the club…spilled into the street.” Tragically, Mr. Washington succumbed to fatal injuries a the scene.

Was negligent security a factor in this Albany nightclub shooting and could this tragedy have been prevented?  Read Our Legal Take below to find out if Mr. Washington’s family may have legal avenues for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Georgia.

Our Legal Take

Nightclub and parking lot 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 subject property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • What security measures, such as weapons screenings, bright lighting, indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Washington at the time of the shooting?
  • Were any attempts made by nightclub security or management to de-escalate the initial altercation and safely and separately remove all those involved from the premises, prior to an escalation to gunfire? Were police called at the start of the initial dispute?

By law, property owners in Georgia are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.  Should the facts of this matter reveal that the nightclub or parking lot owners failed to provide adequate security, the family of Aretavius Washington may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death.

The Murray Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of unsafe properties in Georgia, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict in Georgia.

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