Could the shooting outside an Atlanta bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Update: According to CBS46.com, “[a]uthorities have identified the man that died as Antonio Skyes, 22, of Tennessee.”
Gunfire erupted outside an Atlanta, GA bar early Sunday morning, May 2, 2021, leaving one man dead and one other injured.
As reported by 11Alive.com, “[a]t around 12:40 a.m., Atlanta Police responded to Artisans Bar & Gallery at 140 Peachtree Street SW. Officers located a 20-year-old man with a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital and was stable.”
WSBtv.com is reporting, “[a] second victim, a 22-year-old man, took himself to the hospital, where he died of his injuries.”
According to the report, “[t]he investigation revealed that the shooting began as a fight inside the club.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Bar 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, the family of Antonio Skyes may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their 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 the family of Antonio Skyes and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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