Could the shooting at an Albany nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out outside an Albany, Georgia nightclub early Friday morning, July 24, 2020, leaving two people injured.
As reported by WALB.com, “[t]wo people were shot and three others injured during a fight that started inside Big Daddy’s Albany nightclub early Friday morning…[w]hen officers responded to the scene in the 300 block of E. Broad Avenue, the victims had already left the scene to go to the hospital.”
According to the report, “[i]nvestigators determined that the fight started inside the club and then continued outside, where someone fired several shots.”
Per the report, “[p]olice said a man was shot four times in the back and a woman was shot in the back of her left knee…three other people were injured from cuts they received from glass bottles or other sharp objects during the fight.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the property 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, and were any security measures implemented to address any past incidents?
- Does the property have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims 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 property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the 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 victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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