Gas Station Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: 1 Shot in Fuel Depot Gas Station Robbery
A man was reportedly shot and injured outside the Fuel Depot gas station in Houston early Tuesday, August 4, 2015.
KHOU News reports, three assailants robbed two men outside the Fuel Depot gas station store on Bissonnet, shortly before 5:30am. One of the suspects apparently opened fire during the robbery, striking one of the two men. The victim was transported to the hospital with injuries, and there have apparently been no updates on the victim’s condition.
Police are still searching for suspects.
Our Legal Take
As police continue to search for suspects, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether this incident may have been avoidable and whether a potential gas station security lapse may also hold responsibility in this shooting. According to data published by Crimedoctor.com, 8.3% of all armed robberies occur in a gas station/convenience store setting. Based on this information, the following questions become relevant:
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and a security or police presence, were in place at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been previous incidents of violence on or near the property and, if so, what security precautions were implemented by the gas station owner or management to protect patrons and deter crime?
Generally, the law requires property owners to protect all patrons legally on premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the Fuel Depot gas station owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim may elect to pursue a legal claim for his injuries. Under such a claim, the injured victim may be entitled to substantial compensation. Given the complexities of pursuing such a potential case, it is imperative that the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim. Based upon its prior experience in handling gas station security negligence claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a through, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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