Could the shooting death at an Atlanta convenience store parking lot 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 convenience store early Monday morning, October 19, 2020, leaving one woman dead.
As reported by KTVZ.com, “Atlanta Police said officers were called to [a] Food Mart at 12 Atlanta Avenue SW just before 5:30 a.m. to a report of a person shot.”
According to the report, “[w]hen officers arrived, they found a woman, later identified as Deobrah Houston, 59, who had been shot in the head and was unresponsive.”
CBS46.com is reporting, “Houston was leaving the 24-hour mart when a gray SUV pulled up and at least one person in the SUV started firing into the store. Investigators said they believe Houston was not the intended target.”
According to CBS46.com, “Houston’s family who told [CBS46] two months ago Houston was shot at the same location. She was also a innocent victim in that shooting. The family said four days after that shooting, her sister was also shot at the same store and survived her wound. She was also an innocent victim in that shooting.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
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 gas station owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Deobrah Houston 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 Deobrah Houston retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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