Adequate Security? Our Legal Take: 4 Injured in Whitaker Street Parking Garage Shooting
Four people were reportedly injured in a Whitaker Street parking garage shooting Saturday morning, December 12, 2015.
According to WSAV News, “a fight broke out within a group of people, after leaving Club Rain.” Apparently, police received several 911 calls as the fight continued along East Bay Street and Bull Street. Per media reports, “The fight culminated in the Whitaker Street garage,” where it erupted into gunfire.
WTOC reports, 4 people were injured in the hail of gunfire, including “an innocent bystander inside his car.”
Our Legal Take
Parking lot and garage patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on property. The Murray Law Firm questions whether this shooting may have been prevented and the level of security provided to patrons of the Whitaker Street garage.
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place to protect patrons at the time of the shooting?
- Media reports indicate those involved in the shooting were engaged in a fight before entering the garage. Was the garage owner or management aware of this fight and, if so, were any efforts made to call police or restrict access to the garage to those involved in the dispute?
By law, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the parking garage owner or management failed to provide adequate security, the bystander-victim may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for injuries.
Based upon its extensive and successful experience in handling negligent security cases in Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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