Could this shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family?
Gunfire erupted at a Jacksonville, Florida internet cafe Wednesday evening, April 1, 2019, leaving one man dead. According to Jacksonville.com, “[o]fficers were called to the Dream Arcade in the 2900 block of Edgewood Avenue North about 7:15 p.m. on reports of a shooting…[t]he officers found a man with at least one gunshot wound inside, and he was declared dead at the scene.” News4Jax.com is reporting, “a person came in and tried to rob the internet cafe when the victim, who was a patron inside the business, attempted to intervene and stop the robbery. That’s when the victim was shot.” The attempted robber was seen running from the business afterward but was not detained according to media reports.
There have been multiple reports of incidents of violence at these types of businesses around Jacksonville, leaving one to question the security at these establishments. There are media report of incidents on December 2018 and two separate incidents in March 2018.
Our Legal Take
Business patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises the they are visiting. 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 violence on or near the property?
- Was the establishment properly staffed with security personnel?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others 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 property owners failed to provide adequate security to protect those on the 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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