Could the shooting death at a Columbus 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 rang out outside a Columbus, Georgia parking lot early Sunday morning, October 25, 2020, leaving one man dead.
As reported by WTVM.com, “[o]fficers were called to [a] Lounge on Victory Dr. at 2:39 a.m. to reports of a shooting.”
According to the report, “[p]olice then found 29-year-old Jaquill Ledon Banks of Phenix City suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in a nearby parking lot. Banks was taken by ambulance to Piedmont Columbus Regional,” but was, sadly, unable to recover from his injuries.
WRBL.com is reporting, “[d]etectives have learned Banks left the…Lounge and was assaulted in the parking lot as he approached his vehicle.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the property 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 prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property?
- Does the property have a protocol to check guests for deadly weapons?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others at the time of the shooting?
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 parking lot owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Jaquill Ledon Banks 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 Jaquill Ledon Banks retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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