Could the shooting death at an Atlanta gas station have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted at an Atlanta, Georgia gas station Sunday evening, July 5, 2020, leaving one man dead and two other people injured.
As reported by 11Alive.com, “[p]olice said the latest deadly shooting happened around 7:20 p.m. near [a gas] Station at 1192 Pryor Road.”
According to the report, “[p]olice arrived to find a…man who appeared to have been shot.” The victim has been identified by 11Alive.com as “53-year-old Christopher Brooks.” Following an investigation, “[p]olice said [Mr.] Brooks was ‘assisting a male who was having vehicle trouble’ at the gas station” when he was struck by gunfire.
CBS46.com is reporting, “[officers] found a second victim who appeared to have been grazed by a bullet and was in stable condition. A third shooting victim, who police say was shot at the same location, was taken to Grady Hospital by private vehicle.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Gas station and convenience store patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the gas station 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 violent incidents near or on the property?
- What security measures were present to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Was there any reports of suspicious individuals on the property prior to 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 gas station owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, Christopher Brook’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victims 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 Christopher Brook’s family and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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