The victim of a nightclub shooting has sued the owners of the establishment where the incident took place. He claims that the owners failed to prevent guests from entering the nightclub with guns. The claim states that the man suffers from disfigurement and permanent injury as a direct result of the business owners’ negligent security. Similar premises liability claims are made in Ohio each year.
Five customers were injured in the shooting, which took place at around 3 a.m. on the second floor of the club. The suit alleges that guards working for the night club either allowed patrons to enter the location with guns or failed to properly search them. As many as 10 to 15 security guards were said to have been employed on the night that the shooting took place.
The police chief indicated that his department was not responsible for security at that location, though he was not sure who was responsible. One man with a pistol was reported to have shot four people inside of the club. He was then shot by someone else outside of the club. Because other shootings have apparently occurred at the same club in the past, the suit alleges that the incident was foreseeable.
It is the responsibility of a business owner to provide adequate security for those lawfully on the property. Anyone in Ohio who has suffered injury due to negligent security concerns has every right to consult with a personal injury attorney. In appropriate circumstances, the lawyer can guide the client in how to proceed with a lawsuit for compensation for resulting injuries.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Dolton nightclub shooting victim files suit against owners“, Zak Koeske, May 18, 2017