Could this nightclub shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim?
Gunfire erupted at an Augusta, Georgia nightclub early Friday morning, March 1, 2019, injuring one woman. According to WFXG.com, “[t]he Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an early Friday morning shooting at the Edge Nightclub in Augusta.” WRDW.com is reporting, “[t]he shooting stemmed from an argument between [the suspect] and five others inside the nightclub…[the suspect] and the others were asked to leave the club.” After leaving the club, “[the suspect] retrieved a gun from her car and opened fire on the victim and four others…[t]he victim was struck in the head,” according to WRDW.com. In a subsequent news story, WJBF.com is reporting the victim as ” 25-year-old Jaelynn Huff.”
The suspect has apparently been arrested and charged per media reports.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub 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 nightclub security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect Ms. Huff 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, Ms. Huff may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for her 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 Ms. Huff retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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