According to 6abc, there was a shooting in the parking lot of Club Champagne located at 1102 Crown Point Rd, Westville, NJ 08093.
The shooting resulted in three victims, including a teenager, in critical condition. Police arrived just after 10 pm on Friday, September 25th. In the lot, officers found numerous shell casings but no victims. The investigators reported that the three male victims found their own way to nearby hospitals.
Police reported one victim suffered a gunshot wound to the head, a 20-year-old victim was shot in the abdomen, and a 17-year-old victim was shot in the chest. Police are working to find more details; there have been no arrests at this time.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent, an experienced violent crime lawyer, works with victims in civil lawsuits. Below, Brian shared insight on the legal right of victims shot at a club and their families:
Do property owners have a legal obligation to protect patrons?
“Yes, property owners have a legal obligation to protect patrons on and around their property. To ensure patrons’ safety, the owner must protect them from preventable dangers by providing ample security. An example of proper security measures include security cameras, but there are more. If a victim is shot at a club, the victim and their family should ask whether security was provided, because if adequate security was not provided, the victim and their family might have grounds for a civil lawsuit for negligence.”
How is a property owner considered negligent?
“To have a civil lawsuit, the victims’s attorney must prove that the case in which the victim was injured as a result of a reasonably foreseeable crime. For example, if crime rates in the area were increasing, but the owner did not improve security measures. In such cases, the owner may be considered negligent and liable for victims’ injuries to violent crime. In negligence cases, the victim should secure a violent crime attorney’s services to receive justice as well as possible compensation for the damages.”