Did negligent security contribute to this shooting death and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted Friday morning, December 6, 2019 at a Burlington, Washington gas station leaving one man dead.
As reported by KIRO7.com, “[t]he shooting happened just before 11:30 a.m. Friday in the 100 block of South Burlington Boulevard” and the the victim, according to the news story, tragically died at the scene.
Per the report, “[f]amily identified the victim as Dougie Gunter, a Swinomish Tribal member, who lived near Mount Vernon.”
A suspect has been identified but has not been arrested, according to the media report.
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 they are visiting. 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:
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- What security measures, such as monitored surveillance cameras, clear windows, and visible security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
- Was there any suspicious people or activity 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 property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Dougie Gunter 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 Dougie Gunter retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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