An attempted robbery on the Deerfield Country Club golf course has left a golfer dead. The Sun Sentinel reported that Lataurus Randall, a 35-year-old man, was playing golf with Melvin Philpart near the 17th hole around 6:30 p.m. when two masked man stepped out of the bushes and attempted to rob them. Mr. Randall was shot in the back. Mr. Philpart was not injured. Mr. Randall was rushed to North Broward Medical Center by Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue but died Friday morning.
A golf course expert was quoted in the Sentinel article saying that most carts and golfers are not on the course that late in the dark. But this was not the first shooting at a South Florida golf club, according to the article. In 2009, a man shot at a golfer and nearby homes of the Killian Greens Golf Club. In 2006, a shop employee at the Forest Oaks Golf Club in Palm Beach County was shot while closing the store. And in 1998, a 65-year-old man was shot and killed on the 16th hole of the Bayshore Golf Course in Miami Beach during a robbery attempt.
Deerfield resident Marc Cohen states in the article: “It is chilling. You never think something like this would happen here. This is where you go to relax, not get robbed.” Resort Torts are cases of civil liability for negligent or criminal acts that arise out of a resort, vacation or recreational setting. They can encompass a vast array of types of cases but they all have one thing in common: Tourists, business travelers and locals alike are all exposed to risk while traveling, vacationing or engaging in resort or pleasure activities, particularly because they are focused on relaxing and enjoying their leisure activities and pleasant surroundings.
Negligent premises security is a serious matter and is sometimes a factor in incidents that occur at resort and recreational facilities including hotels, amusement parks, nightclubs, casinos, etc. Negligent security and safety measures can give way to injuries, criminal acts and violent attacks. Key areas of potential premises liability include:
• Perimeter control, or limiting access to a property through fencing, landscaping or other means (CPTED or “crime prevention through environmental design”);
• Lighting, which may have been inadequate at the start or poorly maintained after installation;
• Security equipment, including access control, locking mechanisms and closed circuit television;
• A lack of security staff, or security personnel, who may not have been properly trained, or who took inappropriate action in a violent crime situation.