Could the shooting at a Columbus gas station have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A shooting at a Columbus, Ohio gas station Wednesday afternoon, March 17, 2021, left one person injured.
As reported by NBC4i.com, “[a] 63-year-old male was shot in his chest and neck while at a Eagle Gas Station in east Columbus…the shooting occurred around noon.”
According to the report, “[t]he victim was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition and later updated to serious condition.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Gas station and convenience store patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the gas station 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:
- Have there been prior violent incidents near or on the property?
- What security measures were present to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
- Was there any reports of suspicious individuals on the 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 gas station owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for his injuries.
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 victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect his interests.
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