Could the shooting at a Columbus 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 two Columbus, Georgia gas stations early Tuesday morning, October 1, 2019, leaving one person dead and another person injured.
As reported by WRBL.com, “Columbus Police and Fire/EMS officials are on the scene of two shootings on Macon Road…6200 Macon Road and 6900 Macon Road.”
According to the report, “Justis E. Bolen, 21, was killed in one of the shootings.”
WTVM.com is reporting “[o]ne shooting happened at [a] gas station in the 6200 block of Macon Road. The second shooting happened at [another] gas station located on the same road.”
One other male victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the report.
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 gas station owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Justis Bolen may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victim 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 the victim’s family and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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