Family May File Wrongful Death Suit Against Nightclub Owners

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A family in Palmetto is preparing to file a Florida wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of a nightclub for negligent security. The deceased, 25-year-old Trayon Goff, was reportedly shot and killed in front of Club Elite in Palmetto on September 10. Another man, Gwenette Matthews, 38, died of gunshot wounds, and 22 others were injured in the shooting, according to

The potential claim alleges that the nightclub owners were negligent in failing to provide adequate security around the premises of the building. Where before the owners had staffed off-duty police officers to patrol the club exterior, its surrounding sidewalks, and the adjacent parking lots, their contract with the Palmetto Police Department was ended a few months before the shooting transpired, according to reports.

Negligent security lawsuits are a type of premises liability claim, often involving public places, such as hotels, where patrons should expect a reasonable degree of protection from harm. If negligence is proved, the family could collect wrongful death damages related to the loss of their son. The Palmetto Police Department has asked anyone with information related to the shooting to contact them at (941) 723-4587. Anonymous tips can be left with the Manatee County Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-8477.

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By Staff