Could the shooting death at a LaGrange convenience store 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 Sunday night, March 20, 2022 at a LaGrange, GA convenience store leaving one man dead.
As reported by Fox5Atlanta.com, “around 11 p.m., officers were called to [a convenience store] on the 400 block of Hamilton Street after reports of a person shot.”
WTVM.com is reporting, “[w]hen officers arrived, they found 23-year-old Dearko Thornton suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.”
According to the report, “[t]he victim was rendered aid on scene and then transported to Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center where he died on arrival.”
A suspect has been arrested in connection to the shooting.
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 victim 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 convenience store owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Dearko Thornton 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 Dearko Thornton retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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