Did negligent security contribute to this shooting death and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
One person was shot and killed outside a Columbus, GA bank Monday morning, December 6, 2021.
As reported by WRBL.com, the incident happened “at a [bank] branch in the 4500 block of Buena Vista Road.”
WJBF.com is reporting, the incident was a “robbery turned fatal…Columbus Police responded to the scene and found [the victim] suffering from gunshot wounds.”
According to the report, “45-year-old Amit Kumar Patel was the victim of this deadly robbery. He was the owner of the Chevron Gas Station on Buena Vista Road, just about a mile from the scene of the crime. He was gunned down in broad daylight around 9:30 a.m.”
Ledger-Enquirer.com is reporting, “Amitkumar Patel was depositing money and receipts from over the weekend when he was shot at the bank entrance. The shooter took the money.”
The investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Business and parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the property is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this shooting may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- Was the property owner or management aware of any improper activity before the incident occurred?
- What security measures, such as guarded-entry, monitored surveillance cameras, bright lighting, and visible security patrols were in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others at the time of the incident?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its guests and visitors, the family of Amit Kumar Patel may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the family of Amit Kumar Patel retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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