Inadequate Security? Takeoff, From Rap Group Migos, Shot Dead at 810 Billiards and Bowling in Houston, Texas
Shots rang out outside 810 Billiards and Bowling around 2:34 a.m. A private party of 40 or more people had just ended, and the attendees included Takeoff and fellow Migos rapper Quavo. Houston Police Chief Troy Finner has shared that the shooting occurred outside the venue’s third-floor entrance. After the private party had ended, 40 people gathered outside the building, and an argument broke out—leading to the shooting taking place. A disturbing video was released by TMZ showing rap partner Quavo in an argument before multiple gunshots can be heard. Police believe there were at least two guns fired.
Takeoff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, may have been struck by a stray bullet. Senseless gun violence continues to rise in the United States. Venues that serve alcohol into the early morning are hot spots for violence, and because bullets have no names, innocent bystanders are injured or killed.
It is unclear if security was present at 810 Billiards and Bowling and how such a large crowd was permitted to gather after a night of drinking. Police are still searching for the suspects. It is unclear where the guns came from and if patrons were allowed to have them inside the bowling alley.
What Can Businesses Do to Combat the Violence?
Legal contributor Attorney Brian Mickelsen, an experienced wrongful death lawyer, has represented many families of those killed or injured by the actions or negligence of others. Mr. Mickelsen offered the following commentary on Georgia’s growing violence:
“Businesses play an important part in addressing the gun violence problem in our country. Far too often, business owners allow crime, loitering, vandalism, and drug activity to happen on their property without addressing it. What appears to be a non-violent crime, in a matter of seconds, can turn deadly. This is precisely why businesses should maintain open lines of communication with local law enforcement. Request the crime stats. Stay informed about what happens on your property. Trespass loiterers and dangerous persons. Maintain adequate lighting. Clean up the graffiti. Install cameras that actually work. And hire a security guard where necessary.”
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