Did negligent security contribute to the tragic death of Timothy Newhouse and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family?
STONE MOUNTAIN NEWS
Gunfire erupted Sunday evening, February 3, 2019 outside a DeKalb County convenience store tragically leaving one dead, according to media reports.
According to AJC.com, “Timothy Newhouse, a 54-year-old grandfather of eight, was shot outside a DeKalb County convenience store…Sunday night [February 3].” It happened “in the 6300 block of Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain,” according to WSBTV.com. WSBTV.com is reporting an argument occurred inside the convenience store and that an assailant fired at least one gun shot at Mr. Newhouse “striking [him] in the chest…[before fleeing from] the building.”
The investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Convenience store and business patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm has represented a number of victims of violent crime at convenience stores in the Atlanta area, and specifically in the Stone Mountain neighborhood. Questions arise as to the level of security provided on the property, and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
- Was any action taken by the store owners during the initial altercation inside the store?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, monitored surveillance cameras, clear windows, and visible security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Newhouse at the time of the shooting?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the property owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Mr. Newhouse’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families in the Atlanta area, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the Mr. Newhouse’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for out Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.
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