Adequate Security? Our Legal Take: Fatal Waycross Parking Lot Shooting
A 20-year-old young man was reportedly shot and killed in a Waycross parking lot Sunday morning, February 14, 2016.
According WJHNews.com and The Florida Times Union, the victim was walking to a car in a Knight Avenue “nightclub parking lot,” around 2:30am. As he was walking to the vehicle, gunfire apparently erupted striking him in the chest. Police have allegedly arrested two people in connection with the fatal shooting, and a motive is still unclear.
Our Legal Take
Patrons of nightclubs and parking lots have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to patrons of the nightclub and the parking lot, and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place at the time of the shooting to protect patrons and deter crime?
Generally, business owners and operators are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the owner or operator of the nightclub or parking lot failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of the young victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.
Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim. Based upon its prior experience in handling security negligence claims 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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