Could the shooting at an Atlanta sports bar have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted at an Atlanta, GA sports bar early Saturday morning, January 29, 2022, leaving one person dead and three other injured.
As reported by 11Alive.com, “[the shooting] happened just after midnight at [a sports bar] on MLK Drive in the Vine City neighborhood.”
Fox5Atlanta.com reports that “some sort of dispute escalated to gunfire [and] [i]nvestigators found shell casings outside and inside the establishment.”
AJC.com is reporting, “[o]ne man died at the scene and three other adult victims were rushed to the hospital.”
According to AJC.com, “[the] victim was identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as 20-year-old Zyquan Lee.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Bar patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the bar and at its entrance 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 bar owner or management aware of any suspicious activity prior to the shooting?
- 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 bar owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Zyquan Lee may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victims may 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 Zyquan Lee and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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