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Violent crime is a serious problem in Miami and around the state. The Miami negligent security lawyers at Hannon Legal Group regularly represent the victims of violent crime and help them to obtain compensation for injuries and in many cases for wrongful death.

Unfortunately, in another incident of violent crime, an elderly man is dead and a woman is in critical condition at Ryder Trauma Center after being stabbed at a Miami apartment complex on Wednesday morning.

Police have not released the identity of the victims. The stabbing occurred at the apartment building located at 1559 North River Drive.

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Recently a woman at the Scores Gentlemen’s Club in Palm Beach Gardens was robbed at gunpoint and told to hand over her diamond ring. Is this a random act or are we seeing a new pattern of violent crime? According to Robert Smith, a San Diego consultant who specializes in nightclub crime, “”The violence in nightclubs and bars across the country has increased dramatically.”

A 2012 Palm Beach Post article stated that in 2011, there were at least nine instances of gunfire in or around South Florida nightclubs, more than twice the number of the year before. In the past decade, 20 lives, nearly all young people, were snuffed out by nightclub-related gunplay. During that period, Broward County experienced the highest number of gun fatalities: 13, including one suicide. At least 42 people in South Florida were injured by stray bullets since 2002, some seriously. Since 2002, only five people – four in Broward, one in Palm Beach County – have been killed in nightclub stabbings.

There are many risk factors contributing to aggression and violence in bars and clubs including: underage drinking, binge drinking, impaired or inebriated drinking, serving drunk patrons, discounted drink prices, overcrowding, drug use and/or dealing, prostitution, the type of establishment, bar closing times, the lack of adequate security, and untrained or improperly trained staff.

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Florida cities, including Panama City, Daytona Beach, Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, South Beach – Miami, and Key West, are major destinations for spring breakers and tourists looking for warm sunshine and fun.

Whether by car or by air, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Florida each year to visit its miles of white sandy beaches, theme parks, restaurants, and bars. Some schools and colleges start spring break as early as the last week in February, and it runs through the end of March. According to TripSmarter.com, the two busiest weeks are March 10-17 and March 17-21.

Some common spring break dangers include:

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Miami, FL – Our Miami, Florida negligent security lawyers know how quickly a family can be devastated when violent crime strikes. That’s what happened just this week in Miami when a family, including five small children, lost a young mother due to a senseless, late night shooting. According to a Miami police detective, 25 year old Lakisha Lampley was shot and killed by an assailant in a neighboring car as she left a nightclub just east of Miami International Airport. Her cousin, also in the car, tried to stop the bleeding by holding her hand to Lampley’s chest as the young mother expired on the drive to the hospital.

Night clubs, especially those referred to as “after hours” clubs are notorious venues for violent crimes ranging from rape to murder. An all too familiar scenario begins with a verbal altercation in a night club and ends with a deadly shooting in the parking lot just outside. Often inadequate or negligent security is a significant contributing factor.

At this time, no arrests have been made, but a family is still reeling from the wrongful death, including five children between the ages of 9 months to ten years old.
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Boca Raton, Florida – Maureen Stevens and her three children received a $2.5 million settlement for their Palm Beach County, Florida wrongful death action against the United States government. As Miami, Fl. wrongful death lawyers, we appreciate the relief and closure this type of settlement can bring to a family. The law suit alleged inadequate security at a US Army biological lab allowed someone to steel the deadly anthrax used in the attack. Our Miami Fl. negligent security lawyers handle cases involving death and serious injury as a result of inadequate security throughout the atate of Florida and have recovered millions of dollars in Miami Florida crime victim’s compensation.

Maureen’s husband, Bob Stevens, was working for American Media Inc. in Boca Raton when he fell victim to a deadly anthrax attack. Seventeen other employees, including his co-worker Ernesto Blanco, also suffered from anthrax terrorism in the fall of 2011. Although the government denied liability, an FBI investigation named a government employee as the sole person responsible for the biological attacks.

If someone you know has been injured or killed anywhere in Florida as a result of negligent security, contact one of our Miami, Florida inadequate security lawyers at Hannon Legal Group today for a free consultation or call (866) 835-6872 to speak with an attorney.

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Miami, Florida – premises security lawyers like those at Hannon Legal Group represent the victims of violent crime and their families when the criminal conduct was a result of inadequate security.

Early Wednesday morning, Secrets nightclub in Northeast Miami-Dade County was once again the scene of a shooting. This time one man is dead and another was injured.

According to reports, at approximately one o’clock in the morning, two men came out of an adult nightclub known as Secrets located on Biscayne Boulevard and 113th Street, when shots were fired at them.

It was thought that there was more than one shooter. The assailants fled.

One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene. The other crime victim was shot in the foot and transported to a nearby hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Incredibly, just a few weeks earlier, a young man and his girlfriend were shot in the parking lot of Secrets nightclub after a patron tried to run them over.

Nightclubs are frequently the scene of violent crimes along with gas stations, ATM machines and any business establishment or apartment complex that does not have adequate security.
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Palmetto Florida – Two people were shot to death and 22 others were wounded in a shooting incident early Saturday outside of a Tampa area nightclub known as Club Elite located at 704 10th St. W. Our Florida negligent security lawyers are experienced in representing victims and their families in cases involving nightclub shootings.

Twenty-five year old Trayon Goff of Palmetto was found dead outside the club’s front door. Another victim who was also killed by gunfire, 38 year old Gwenette Matthews of Bradenton, was found inside the club, according to the Palmetto Police Department. Of those wounded, the six with the most serious injuries were taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. 16 others were treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

One of the victims who was taken to Bayfront was listed as being in critical condition in the intensive care unit as of Saturday afternoon. According to Margaret Ballou, administrator on duty at Bayfront, two other victims were listed in good condition, and three others had been discharged.

Lt. Scott Tyler of the Palmetto Police Department said “We are pretty sure the shooting took place outside of the club,” said . “We believe there were at least two shooters and we are aggressively working on some leads.”

Police preserved such evidence as the shell casings, witness statements, and blood trails, and also obtained a surveillance video from the club.

Club Elite was the scene of another shooting in December that left one man dead.

Anyone with information about the crime can call the Palmetto Police Department at (941) 723-4587 or Manatee County Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-8477.
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Miami – A shooting in the parking lot of a Miami apartment complex left three people wounded and a teenage girl dead Sunday evening. Police originally referred to this tragic incident as a “drive-by shooting,” however, sources close to the investigation revealed that the assailants exited their car and began shooting. The fifteen year old girl is believed to have been an innocent by-stander.

Miami-Dade Police Department’s homicide investigators were initially told that four men riding in a gray Nissan Maxima or Altima fired the fatal shots.

Police said The shooting occurred just after 6:45 p.m. when Nissan arrived at the Annie Coleman apartment complex located at 2135 NW 52nd Street. According to detectives, the car pulled into the courtyard and several shots were fired from what is believed to be an AK -47 assault rifle, leaving a young girl dead and three others wounded.

The identity of the girl who died at the scene is not yet known. The others who were wounded in the shooting were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

Witnesses said the girl was shot in the head while playing outside with friends.

The shootings come about a year after an incident a short distance away on Jan. 24, 2009, in which a gunman armed with an AK-47 assault rifle shot into a crowd killing two and wounding seven others.

“It’s a process. It’s a cycle — a vicious cycle,” said neighborhood activist Renita Holmes. “There’s no respect for life.”

Neighbors, who spoke on condition on anonymity for fear of their lives, said the shooting was gang-related. A police spokesperson said that it was too early to tell whether that was the case.

Det. Rebeca Perez urged anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Speaking of the teenage victim, Perez lamented, “What could she have possibly done to deserve this?”
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Miami Negligent or inadequate security may have been to blame for the fatal shooting of a Miami woman today in the parking lot of Peoples Storage. An unidentified woman was shot to death earlier today during an apparent robbery attempt in Miami according to police.

The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the People’s Storage located at 200 NW 79th St. at about 11:30 a.m. when two men approached her.

Kenia Reyes, a Miami police spokeswoman said “It appears it was an intent to rob her and she was shot.” The woman died outside the Peoples Storage facility .

One witness present at the business, Lazaro Garcia, who owns a car dealership, said the woman had gone out to her car because she was short of money to pay for the storage of her furniture.

While this robbery gone bad is still under investigation, it is likely that the victim would still be alive today had the business or people who control the parking lot implemented adequate security measures. Reasonable security measures often deter crime since robbery, and many other violent crimes are crimes of opportunity. Violent crimes are usually committed in places where the criminals believe they can avoid being seen or caught.

Business and land owners in Florida have a legal duty to use reasonable means to protect their customers and guests from foreseeable violent crime. When they fail to do that, they may be liable to pay the crime victims compensation.
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Pompano Beach, Florida – One man is dead and was injured in a shooting outside of a Pompano Beach apartment complex.

The fatal shooting occurred Saturday evening when two men who were outside an apartment complex on Avondale Drive were approached by one or more persons. Shots were fired and the victims were transported to North Broward Medical Center in Deerfield Beach where injuries to one of them proved to be fatal.

The shooting is being investigated by BSO homicide detectives. They asked anyone with information to call BSO Homicide Det. Frank Ilarraza at 954-321-4210 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477, or online to www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

Many violent crimes are “crimes of opportunity”, meaning they are committed in the place which affords the perpetrator the best opportunity to avoid being seen or caught. Very often that place turns out to be a commercial property like an apartment complex, night club, bank or automated teller machine (ATM) where safety and security have been neglected.
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