Could the shooting at a Columbus gas station have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family and injured victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Update: NBCI4.com is reporting, Marsean Kato was identified as the victim in the gas station shooting. “Kato died from his injuries March 2.”
A shooting at a Columbus, Ohio gas station early Wednesday morning, February 24, 2021, left two people injured.
As reported by 10tv.com, “[t]he shooting happened just before 3:30 a.m. in the 3800 block of East Livingston Avenue at the Eagle Fuels gas station.”
According to the report, “[o]ne person was taken to Grant Medical Center in life-threatening condition. The other victim showed up at a local hospital where police say he’s in critical 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 family of Marsean Kato may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, the any victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their 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 family of Marsean Kato and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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