Could this bar shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Whitehead?
Gunfire erupted at a Midtown Atlanta virtual reality bar early Saturday morning, March 16, 2019, seriously injuring one man. According to Fox5Atlanta.com, “the shooting started when two men got into an argument inside [a]…Virtual Reality Bar.” The argument escalated into a shooting crime scene. WSBtv.com is reporting police arrived “just after 2 a.m. and discovered a 23-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds…He was later identified as Ezra Whitehead.”
Media outlets report police are still searching for the shooter.
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 prior incidents of violence on or near property?
- Were authorities called when the initial argument escalated in intensity?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Whitehead and others at the time of the shooting?
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 nightclub owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on the premises, Mr. Whitehead may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his injuries.
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. Whitehead retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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