KSHB Kansas City reports that around 2:45 a.m. on Monday a shooting transpired at the Bar-B-Q located at 10440 E US Highway 40 Independence, MO 64055. An employee was shot multiple times and was then immediately rushed to a local hospital. The employee sustained serious injuries.
According to the security footage, there were three masked suspects on the recorded video, one of which fired the shots. At this time Independence Police are asking anyone with any information to contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477, IPD at 816-325-7777, or email [email protected]
One of our attorney contributors, Reed Martens, works with victims of violent crime in civil cases. Below he has offered his legal opinion on the potential options available to restaurant shooting victims and their families.
Commercial property owners, and in this example owners of restaurants, are bound by law to safeguard all of their customers and employees from preventable dangers on site. To do this, they must be able to provide adequate security, which includes things like video surveillance and proper lighting in the parking lots. When a shooting like this occurs on or near the premises and a victim is injured or killed, the property owner could potentially become liable if it is proven that adequate security was not in place.
But a victim's attorney must prove more than just inadequate security by the property or restaurant owner. In fact, the attorney must show that the violent crime or shooting was reasonably foreseeable by the owner. For instance, if someone is shot at a restaurant and it is discovered that the owner knew about rising violence in the area and did nothing to take precaution, he or she may be held liable for the violent crime against the victim. One should be clear, however, that both inadequate security and a reasonably foreseeable crime must be proven for a victim to bring forward a valid lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been directly affected by a restaurant shooting, we strongly encourage that you reach out to an experienced violent crime victim attorney today. If you want to discuss your legal options further, please do not hesitate to contact one of our attorneys now.