Could the shooting at an Augusta convenience store have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted at an Augusta, Georgia convenience store parking lot Tuesday afternoon, April 27, 2021, injuring one person.
As reported by WRDW.com, “[a] man was found injured after a shooting this afternoon at an Augusta convenience store.” Per the report, “[a]t about 4 p.m., deputies were dispatched to Smart Grocery, 3221 Wrightsboro Road, to investigate a report of a gunshot victim.”
According to the report, “[u]pon arrival, deputies found a victim in the parking lot who had been shot at least two times.”
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 store 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 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 retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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