Adequate Nightclub Security? Our Legal Take: After Five Club Shooting Raises Questions
A 26-year-old man was reportedly shot and injured at the After 5 Club in Columbus Sunday morning, January 31, 2016.
According to Fox 54 WFXG News, the shooting occurred at the After 5 Club on Midtown Drive, around 2:00am. A male victim suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive, presumably leaving patrons concerned for their safety. A shooting apparently occurred at the same property in December 2014.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. Given the reported history of violence on property, The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to patrons of the nightclub, and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- How did the gunman gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as weapons screenings, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place at the time of the shooting?
- Were any additional security precautions implemented by the nightclub owner and management, following the previous property shooting, to deter such crime?
Generally, nightclub owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the nightclub owner or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his injuries.
Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim. Based upon its prior experience in handling nightclub security negligence claims, 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.
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