Security Failure? Update: Jeremiah Smith Identified as Victim in Stonecrest, GA Parking Lot Shooting.

Update: Jeremiah Smith Identified as Victim in Stonecrest, GA Walmart Parking Lot Shooting.

Update: Jeremiah Smith Identified as Victim in Stonecrest, GA Walmart Parking Lot Shooting. (

Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a Stonecrest store parking lot and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family?  Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.


Update: According to, “[t]he victim, identified by police as 22-year-old Jeremiah Smith, died at a hospital after the shooting.”

Gunfire erupted at a Stonecrest, Georgia store parking lot Sunday night, April 19, 2020, leaving one person fatally injured.

As reported by, “[t]he incident happened at [a parking lot] in the 5400 block of Fairington Road in Stonecrest on Sunday night.” is tragically reporting that, “one person was taken to the hospital” but was sadly unable to recover from injuries.

According to the report, “the shooting was the result of an argument that started inside the store and spilled out into the parking lot.”

The investigation is ongoing.



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Store and parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the property 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:

  • What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the the property, and, if so, were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
  • Was the property aware of any suspicious activity or suspicious people on property prior to the shooting?

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 parking lot owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Jeremiah Smith may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.  

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 Jeremiah Smith retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.


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