Could the shooting death and injuries at an Augusta 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 an Augusta, Georgia gas station early Thursday morning, August 4, 2022, leaving one man dead and two others injured.
As reported by WRDW.com, “[d]eputies responded to the Get-N-Go store on the 2350 block of Windsor Spring Road around 12:46 a.m. for reports of a shooting.”
AugustaChronicle.com is reporting, “Damien Tanksley, 35, of Augusta, was shot at least one time…around 12:46 a.m. and later died at Augusta University Medical Center.”
According to the report, “Sonya Logan, 47, of Augusta, and Willie Gonder, 39, were also shot at least one time during the incident.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Gas station 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 Damien Tanksley may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, Sonya Logan, Willie Gonder 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 family of Damien Tanksley and any injured victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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