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Could this Decatur gas station shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim?

Gunfire erupted outside “the Exxon gas station on Ponce De Leon in Decatur” Monday night, July 3, 2018, leaving one man critically injured, according to CBS 46.

Police told FOX 5 a “suspect walked up to a 28-year-old man parked at a gas pump and sitting in his SUV, shooting him several times.” He was transported to DeKalb Medical with “critical” injuries. His current condition and identity have not been released.

Was negligent security a factor in this senseless Decatur gas station shooting and could this incident have been prevented?  Read Our Legal Take below to find out if the victim may have legal avenues for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Georgia.

Our Legal Take

Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the subject property and whether this shooting may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
  • What security measures, such as clear windows, monitored surveillance cameras and security personnel, were in place to protect the victim and deter crime at the time of the shooting?

By law, property owners in Georgia are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.  Should the facts of this matter reveal that the gas station owner or management failed to provide adequate security, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his injuries.

The Murray Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of unsafe properties in Georgia, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict in Georgia.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Cobb County Police are reportedly investigating a recent string of early morning break-ins at several gas stations along South Cobb Drive. A FOX 5 investigation questions what gas station owners are doing to protect patrons and staff during this alarming crime spree:

“With thieves preying on business owners and customers at gas stations across the metro area, many are left wondering what more can be done to increase security.

Gas stations are often targets for criminal activity due to (frequently) late hours of operation, accessibility to major roadways, and vulnerable patrons. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) warns, “the unique setting allows thieves to catch their victims by complete surprise….But these thefts can be easily prevented if the appropriate precautions are taken.”

Given these risks, gas station owners and managers must take steps to protect patrons and deter any foreseeable crime.

Gas Station Owners and Managers: Safety Checklist

  • Has there been prior criminal activity on or near property? If so, what additional security measures could be implemented to reduce such crime on property in the future?
  • Are all security features, such as lighting, fencing and surveillance cameras, in place and working?
  • Is the gas station properly staffed with enough employees to both assist patrons and monitor the property?
  • Is a security guard or off-duty police officer visibly stationed on the premises?
  • Does the gas station provide bright lighting at all service areas?
  • Are the gas pumps, air pressure tanks, and other service areas clearly visible to gas station employees?
  • Do employees utilize a bulletproof pass-through window for late-night cash transactions?

Victims of Gas Station Violence: Know Your Rights

Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, Georgia property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.

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(WFXG)

Could this tragic Augusta gas station shooting have been prevented and is justice available to Mr. McGowen’s family?

An Augusta gas station shooting reportedly claimed the life of 27-year-old Tony McGowan and left 19-year-old Mikeem Jackson injured Wednesday morning, June 13, 2018.

According to The Augusta Chronicle, gunfire erupted outside “[a] Gas Station at 202 East Boundary St.,” shortly before 1:30 a.m. Mr. McGowen was transported to AU Medical Center, where he tragically succumbedto fatal injuries. Mr. Mikeem was transported to University Hospital “with a gunshot wound to his back.” His current condition has not been released.

Three suspects have since been arrested in connection with the shooting, per WFXG reports.

Was negligent security a factor in the death of Mr. McGowen and could this incident have been prevented?  Read Our Legal Take below to find out if Mr. McGowen’s family may have legal avenues for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Georgia.

Our Legal Take

Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the subject property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

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    (June 2018 Crime Map: Spotcrime.com)

    Recent crime reports from Spotcrime.com reveal a number of violent crimes in the surrounding area.

  • Was the gas station owner aware of this criminal activity? If so, what additional security measures, such as monitored surveillance cameras and security personnel, were implemented by the owner to deter such crime?

By law, property owners in Georgia are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.  Should the facts of this matter reveal that the gas station owner or management failed to provide adequate security, the family of Tony McGowen may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss. Additionally, Mikeem Jackson may pursue legal claims for his injuries.

The Murray Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of unsafe properties in Georgia, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict in Georgia.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.

CALL NOW: 706.494.2800

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