Could the shooting outside an Atlanta bar and grill have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the injured victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted outside an Atlanta, GA bar and grill early Saturday morning, August 7, 2021, leaving one man seriously injured.
As reported by WSBtv.com, “a man was shot multiple times as he left a popular bar and grill on Peachtree Street early Saturday morning…the victim was leaving the [Bar and Grill] near the Westin Peachtree Plaza around 2:30 a.m. when he was shot.”
The victim told 11Alive.com “after getting food and drinks for about 30 minutes at [the Bar & Grill], a valet drove their rental car back to them and handed him his keys. When [the victim] went to see what was going on, he was shot.”
According to the report, “Emery Sparks was shot three times…twice in the stomach and once on his arm.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Bar and grill patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the bar and at its entrance 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?
- Was the bar owner or management aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- What 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 bar owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, Emery Sparks may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for his 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 Emery Sparks retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect his interests.
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