Could the shooting at an Atlanta nightclub have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire rang out at an Atlanta, Georgia nightclub early Wednesday morning, January 26, 2022, leaving one man dead.
As reported by Fox5Atlanta.com, “[o]fficials say they were called to [a nightclub] on the 1000 block of Harwell Road at around 1 a.m. Wednesday after reports of shots fired.”
According to the report, “[w]hen officers got to the scene, they found one man dead from a gunshot wound.”
AJC.com is reporting, “[t]here was some type of conflict that transpired inside that did spew over into the outside parking lot at the time at which shots were fired.”
Per the report, “[the victim] was identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as Dishawn Herndon, 21, of California.”
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 family of Dishawn Herndon may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
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 Dishawn Herndon retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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