Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at an Augusta restaurant and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted at an Augusta, Georgia restaurant Friday night, October 29, 2021, leaving one man dead and a woman injured.
As reported by WRDW.com, “[t]he shooting happened at 9:50 p.m. Friday outside [a restaurant at] 3206 Peach Orchard Road.”
According to the report, “deputies learned that the shooting happened after a fight had broke out among several people. In the course of the fight several gunshots were fired, hitting two people.”
WJBF.com is reporting, “Ashaad Truitt, 31, Augusta was shot at least one time and died from his injuries…A 28-year-old female was shot in the right leg and taken to the hospital for treatment.”
One suspect has been arrested in connection to the shooting.
The investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Restaurant and parking lot patrons and employees have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the restaurant 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:
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the the property, and, if so, were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Was the restaurant aware of any suspicious activity or suspicious people on property prior to the shooting?
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 employees and visitors, the family of Ashaad Truitt may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries.
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 Ashaad Truitt and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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