Could the shooting at an Augusta 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 Augusta, Georgia nightclub early Sunday morning, January 12, 2020, leaving one person dead and one injured.
As reported by WFXG.com, “[t]he Richmond County Sheriff’s Office was called to Club Viral on Laney Walker Blvd. in reference to a shooting. Officials learned once on scene that a man was shot in the neck and transported himself to the hospital.”
According to the report, “20-year-old Traquan Dashawn Salley of Wagener, SC died from his injuries at Augusta University ER.”
WJBF.com is reporting, “[d]uring the course of the investigation, authorities learned that Dameun Sanders, 27, of Wagner, S.C. was also shot.”
A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting according to the media report.
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 Traquan Dashawn Salley may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. Any injured victims, such as Mr. Sanders, may also 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 Traquan Dashawn Salley and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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