Did negligent security contribute to this tragic loss of life and are justice and compensation available to Ms. Plowden’s family?
Gunfire erupted outside a Florence, South Carolina convenience store on March 24, 2019. According to WMBFnews.com, the shooting happened “at the North Coit Quick Stop on the corner of North Coit and West Sumter Streets in Florence.” WPDE.com is reporting that the shooting incident left “23-year-old Chelsea Plowden, brain dead…[t]he woman has since succumbed to her injuries.” In the WMBFnews.com story, friends and family said “she was in the wrong place at the wrong time…the day that Plowden was shot, a fight broke out and she was caught in the crossfire…[s]he just walked out and was the one that caught the bullet.”
Media outlets indicate that two suspects have been arrested.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Convenience store 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 gas station and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, monitored surveillance cameras, clear windows, and visible security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect Ms. Plowden at the time of the shooting?
- Were authorities called at the time of the initial fight incident?
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 gas station owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Chelsea Plowden’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, 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 Chelsea Plowden’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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