An individual reportedly suffered a gunshot wound at a range owned by Sarasota County in Nokomis, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.
The accident occurred at Knight Trail Park at about 11 a.m. on Friday, January 4. The person who was shot was a 56-year-old man, while the person who fired the weapon was a 65-year-old local. The victim did not sustain any life-threatening injuries and was listed in stable condition at a local hospital. It was not reported if the shooter and victim were at the gun range together or if they were strangers.
Detectives opened an investigation as part of their standard procedure, but reported their confidence that the incident was simply an accident.
Liability at gun ranges
When such an accident occurs at a gun range, who is liable? Is it the person who fired the gun or the gun range itself?
In most cases, gun ranges make all shooters and visitors sign waivers of liability. However, there are some circumstances in which the gun range could be held liable. For example, if it failed to provide adequate supervision, did not provide any sort of safety training or did not implement all the necessary safety measures, it could be considered liable for any accidents and injuries — including gunshot wounds.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the actions of a negligent party, meet with a dedicated Sarasota personal injury attorney at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh. You may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.