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Could this senseless Brookhaven parking lot shooting have been prevented?

Gunfire reportedly erupted in the parking lot of a Brookhaven sports bar Sunday night, August 5, 2018, claiming the life of 21-year-old Kevin Carranza Acosta and leaving 42-year-old Javier Lira and 45-year-old Paula Guitun Romera injured.

According to FOX 5, shots were fired from a vehicle outside a spots bar located “in the 3300 block of Buford Highway around 2 a.m.” Mr. Acosta tragically succumbed to fatal injuries. The AJC reports, Mr. Lira and Ms. Romera also suffered gunshot wounds. Their current conditions have not been released.

The parking lot was apparently the subject of a prior shooting investigation in January 2017, per AJC reports.

Was negligent security a factor in this Brookhaven sports bar shooting?  Read Our Legal Take below to find out if Mr. Acosta’s family and the other victims of this shooting may have legal avenues for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Georgia.

Our Legal Take

Bar and parking lot 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 assault may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
  • What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras and off-duty police, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Acosta, Mr. Lira and Ms. Romera 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 premises owner or management failed to provide adequate security, the family of Kevin Coransta Acosta may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss. Additionally, Mr. Lira and Ms. Romera may pursue legal claims for their injuries. Finally, as Mr. Lira was apparently working at the time of the shooting, he may also be entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits.

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 CALL NOW: 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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A staggering number of violent crimes are plaguing fast food restaurants across the country. It’s time owners and managers make the safety and security of staff and customers their first priority.

In February 2018, WSBTV 2 reported, Juan Rosas was shot and critically injured in the drive through of a Duluth McDonald’s.

In July 2018, Lavonda Finklea, a mother-of-three, was tragically shot and killed while parked outside an Atlanta Burger King, per WSB-TV 2 reports.

A recent Inside Edition report warns, “[s]ome fast food restaurants look more like battlegrounds than a place to grab a quick bite.” Sgt. Eric Rogers of the Los Angeles Police Department spoke with Inside Edition to address the growing number of assaults on fast food workers and patrons:

“I think first and foremost, just the hours they keep,” he said. “Particularly the ones that stay open 24 hours.” 

[Sgt. Eric Rogers] also said late night drinking plays a role in the violence. Cops say there are some special tactics that have helped reduce the violence, like at a local Jack in the Box.

“For the first three months of 2017, we had 44 calls at that establishment,” Rogers said.

When Jack in the Box agreed to close the indoor dining area after midnight during the week and only keep the drive-thru open, calls for police service dropped to only three in the next three months.

Victims of Georgia Fast Food Restaurant Violence: Know Your Rights

Restaurant 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. For example, should a restaurant owner have knowledge of prior crime on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement reasonable security precautions to protect patrons from future crime. Security measures may include: bright parking lot lighting, drive-through-only late-night hours, a visible security guard or off-duty police officer, visible sight lines, and surveillance cameras. Should a restaurant owner fail in this critical duty, they may be held civilly liable for any assaults, injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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