Could the shooting at a Brunswick nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out outside a Brunswick, Georgia nightclub early Saturday morning, September 26, 2020.
As reported by WSAV.com, “at approximately 2 a.m., officers responded to [a] Lounge at 300 F Street.”
According to the report, “[o]fficers found 35-year-old Stephen Bryant, of Charleston, with gunshot wounds to the chest, leg and arm. He was taken to UF Health Shands in critical condition.”
News4Jax.com is reporting, “[o]fficer learned that bouncers from the club followed patrons outside at closing time trying to get them to leave the area before the dancers left for the night…shots were fired after the two groups got into a physical altercation.”
According to the report, “Stephen Bryant…who was a bystander and stepped in to help the bouncers, was shot.”
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, Stephen Bryant 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 Stephen Bryant retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect his interests.
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