Could the shooting at a Dalton 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 erupted at a Dalton, Georgia bar early Sunday morning, April 25, 2021, leaving one man dead.
As reported by 11Alive.com, “[the shooting] happened in the parking lot of [a]Pub & Grill at 933 Market Street at around 2:30 a.m.”
According to the report, “there was a fight inside the bar the spilled outside. [Police] said 28-year-old Rashad Goldston of Cleveland, Tennessee was hit in the back while inside his vehicle.”
NewsChannel9.com is reporting, “Goldston had tried to leave, but flipped his car…officers provided Goldston aid until EMS arrived to take him to the hospital. The man died a few hours later.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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 the property aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- Does the property have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons prior to entering the establishment?
- 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 Rashad Goldston 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 Rashad Goldston retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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