Fox 10 Phoenix claims that around 11:00 p.m. on July 13, 2019, a fatal shooting took place at Bruno’s Bar and Grill located at 16737 E Parkview Ave, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268. Allegedly an argument between two men occurred and then moments later a shooting left one man, Matthew Gilmore age 28, dead.
The Maricopa Sheriff’s Department arrested suspect Christopher Ruether, 25, on charges of manslaughter and discharging a weapon. The police are still investigating the incident.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazin works with victims of violent crimes in civil cases. Below he has offered to share some of his legal advice on the options that are available to restaurant shooting victims and their families:
Business owners, and in this case restaurant owners, are legally required to offer safety to all of their customers and employees on the premises. In order to protect their patrons from preventable dangers, like shootings, they can provide adequate security on site. Things like video surveillance and security guards constitute adequate security, but of course, it is not limited to this. When a violent crime occurs at a place of business, it is important to first ask whether or not adequate security was supplied by the property owner. If the answer is no and the owner did not offer proper security measures, property owner negligence could potentially have been responsible for the shooting and the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit.
In addition to showing inadequate security on the premises, however, the victim’s attorney must also prove that the violent crime was reasonably foreseeable. Essentially, what this means is that if the restaurant owner knew of violent history in the area but did not take necessary precautions, the victim may have a lawsuit based on this as well. Overall, inadequate security and a reasonably foreseeable crime must be proven together in order for a property owner to be considered liable for the violent crime.
If you or a loved one has been harmed or killed in a shooting near a restaurant, we recommend that you contact an experienced shooting victim lawyer immediately. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking with one of our crime victim attorneys today.