According to ABC3 WearTV, a drive-by shooting in the parking lot of a probation office, which is used for the Platinum Night Club, killed a woman and injured a man. The club is located at 2369 North Palafox Street. Police are looking for at least three suspected shooters due to the 40 rounds of bullets found at the scene.
The case is still being investigated, but police believe that the victims were not premeditated targets and that they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard shares his knowledge on the legal options available for victims of criminal violence at places like nightclubs.
All commercial property owners have a legal duty of providing adequate security to protect their patrons from foreseeable hazards. This includes owners of places like parking lots, nightclubs, and bars. A commercial property owner should take into account any prior violent crime that has occurred in the area and appropriately adjust their security to prevent future patrons from any foreseeable dangers.
If a nightclub owner fails to provide a reasonable standard of security and a shooting happens because of the inadequate security, then the nightclub owner may be held partially liable for the crime. However, it must be clear that the shooting was reasonably foreseeable and occurred only because of the negligent security.