Could this tragic Augusta gas station shooting have been prevented and is justice available to Mr. McGowen’s family?
An Augusta gas station shooting reportedly claimed the life of 27-year-old Tony McGowan and left 19-year-old Mikeem Jackson injured Wednesday morning, June 13, 2018.
According to The Augusta Chronicle, gunfire erupted outside “[a] Gas Station at 202 East Boundary St.,” shortly before 1:30 a.m. Mr. McGowen was transported to AU Medical Center, where he tragically succumbedto fatal injuries. Mr. Mikeem was transported to University Hospital “with a gunshot wound to his back.” His current condition has not been released.
Three suspects have since been arrested in connection with the shooting, per WFXG reports.
Was negligent security a factor in the death of Mr. McGowen and could this incident have been prevented? Read Our Legal Take below to find out if Mr. McGowen’s family may have legal avenues for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Georgia.
Our Legal Take
Gas station 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.
Recent crime reports from Spotcrime.com reveal a number of violent crimes in the surrounding area.
- Was the gas station owner aware of this criminal activity? If so, what additional security measures, such as monitored surveillance cameras and security personnel, were implemented by the owner to deter such crime?
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 gas station owner or management failed to provide adequate security, the family of Tony McGowen may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss. Additionally, Mikeem Jackson may pursue legal claims for his injuries.
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