Could this tragic Columbus parking lot shooting have been prevented and is justice available to Mr. Mabry’s family?
Gunfire erupted in the parking lot of MLK Grocery Saturday morning, June 2, 2018, claiming the life of 30-year-old Rufus Mabry Jr.
According to WLTZ, Columbus police discovered Mr. Mabry in the parking lot outside the “MLK Grocery Store,” shortly before 2:30 a.m. Mr. Mabry was transported to Piedmont Medical Center, where he tragically succumbed to fatal injuries.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports, a “nightclub is the only business operating in the small strip since the grocery store closed about six months ago.” Witnesses apparently told media “young people frequently hang out in the parking lot late at night…with loud music blasting.”
Was negligent security a factor in the death of this Columbus man and could this incident have been prevented? Read Our Legal Take below to find out if Mr. Mabry’s family may have legal avenues for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Georgia.
Our Legal Take
Parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the subject property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Was the parking lot owner aware of “frequent” crowds gathering in the parking lot of the closed grocery store, as indicated by media reports?
- If so, what parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras and off-duty police patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Mabry at the time of the shooting?
By law, property owners in Georgia are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the parking lot owner or management failed to provide adequate security, the family of Rufus Mabry Jr. may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
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