Could the shooting at a Duluth bar 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 outside a Duluth, GA bar early Saturday morning, August 20, 2022, leaving one man dead.
As reported by WSBtv.com, “just after 2:30 a.m., [officers] responded to a call about a person shot at [a bar and restaurant] in the 3000 block of Satellite Blvd.”
11Alive.com is reporting, “[o]n scene, officers found “one man with at least one gunshot wound.” Homicide detectives and the crime scene investigations unit responded to gather more information about the case.”
According to the report, “[t]he Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s office later identified the victim as 28-year-old Kevin Blackwell, of Duluth, Ga.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
Our Legal Take
Bar and parking lot 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?
- Was there any suspicious activity or suspicious people on the property prior to the shooting.
- Does the property have a protocol to deter against deadly weapons being brought onto the property?
- 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 property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Kevin Blackwell 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 and investigation 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 Kevin Blackwell retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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