Could the shooting outside an Atlanta 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 an Atlanta, Georgia nightclub early Sunday morning, March 15, 2020, leaving one person injured.
According to 11Alive.com, “the shooting happened at the Gold Room in the 2400 block of Piedmont Road, just before 2 a.m.”
According to the report, “[a] fight involving about 20 people erupted inside the club…security from the club told those involved in the fight to leave the premises and escorted them into the parking lot.”
AJC.com is reporting, “[t]he dispute spilled out into the parking lot, where it escalated into a shooting.”
Per the report, “[w]hen Atlanta police arrived at the scene they found a man who had been shot multiple times in the abdomen. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.”
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?
- What measures were taken to de-escalate the preceding argument and ensure that all parties were removed safely?
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 victim 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 the victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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