A man was reportedly shot and killed outside a Shell gas station in Ellenwood Tuesday morning, April 28, 2015.
According to CBS 46, a convenience store clerk discovered the victim lying next to a Suburban in the gas station parking lot, near the intersection of Panthersville and Bouldercrest roads, shortly after midnight. The victim apparently suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and perished at the scene.
Police have requested store surveillance footage to assist in identifying a suspect and motive in the fatal assault.
Our Legal Take
As police continue to search for a suspect, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a gas station security lapse may also hold responsibility in this tragedy.
What security precautions were implemented by the Shell station owner and management to protect patrons and deter crime?
By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the Shell gas station owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the victim’s family may elect to pursue a legal claim for any injuries suffered. Under such a claim, the family may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, substantial monetary compensation for: pain and suffering; loss of wages and future earning capacity; loss of consortium; and, emotional distress. If the facts of this matter warrant such a negligent security claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the victim’s family, but would also demand that Shell gas station re-evaluate security measures. It would also serve as a grave warning to other DeKalb County gas station owners to make patron safety their first priority.
Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victim’s family before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken lighting, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that all evidence be preserved to ensure that the family’s best interests are protected.
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The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing victims of security negligence and we offer our legal expertise in this potential claim, if desired. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.
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