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Could the senseless loss of life have been prevented?

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A man was shot and killed during an apparent robbery outside a Mobile station convenience store Tuesday night, May 22, 2018.

Police told KHOU 11, “two to four males approached the victim as he parked and was getting out of his car at the store. They held him at gun point robbing him.” One of the assailants apparently opened fire when the victim attempted to flee. Tragically, he succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene.

Police are still searching for the suspects, per Houston Chronicle reports.

Did negligent security contribute to this Houston gas station shooting? We represent individuals and families who have suffered a tragic loss or injury as a consequence of negligent property security. Read Our Legal Take below to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Texas, or call now for a free consultation with our legal team: 888.842.1616.

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 on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of crime on or near property? What security measures, such as clear windows, surveillance cameras and off-duty police patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect patrons 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 gas station owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim’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 victim’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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The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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ParkingLotSafetySign-240x300The D.C. Metro Police Department is raising public awareness of “a common crime tactic perpetrated by thieves” at gas stations. “These thieves target unsuspecting vehicle owners when they are pumping gas or paying the tab in the station….A suspect vehicle will drive up next to the victim’s auto, quickly open the unlocked door, and grab any easily-accessible items. Then they will just as quickly drive off. It happens in a matter of seconds.”

A gas station theft can easily escalate to violence and tragedy when an unsuspecting victim stumbles upon an armed perpetrator. Gas station patrons are urged to follow DCMPD tips on how to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Pick stations that are well-lit and have video-surveillance cameras at the pump.
  • Make a list of favorite gas stations along your regular travel routes. Stations near police departments and state police barracks are good choices.
  • Always remove your keys and lock the car doors while you are pumping gas. If you sense danger and you have a panic button on your car keys, keep your hands on the panic button until help arrives.
  • Keep valuables out of sight in your vehicle and lock the doors, even if you are going inside for just a moment.
  • Pick your pump with care. It might be worthwhile to wait for the pump nearest to the attendant or building.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Don’t be distracted by your cell phone.

Victims of Gas Station Violence: Know Your Rights

Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment they are visiting. By law, Georgia property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a gas station owner have knowledge of prior violence on or near property, they have a responsibility to implement additional security precautions to protect patrons and deter such crime. Additional security measures may include bright lighting, a security guard or off-duty police officer, surveillance cameras, and bulletproof pass-through windows for cash transactions. Should a gas station owner or manager fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

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Our Clients frequently come in concerned that they won’t be able to afford legal help. We believe everyone has a right to exceptional legal service. We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. This means our interests are always tied to that of our Clients. Be sure to ask any potential personal injury attorney about their fee schedule and whether they represent Clientele on a contingency basis before signing a contract.

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