Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a Wilson restaurant parking lot 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 outside a Wilson, North Carolina restaurant Thursday afternoon, February 3, 2022, leaving one man dead.
As reported by CBS17.com, “[a]round 3 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to the shooting report along the 1600 block of Goldsboro Street South. The scene was the parking lot of [a] restaurant.”
WRAL.com is reporting, “[u]pon arrival, officers said they located 36-year-old Maurice Ruffin in the parking lot of the [restaurant].”
According to the report, “[Maurice] Ruffin had been shot multiple times and was later pronounced deceased after being transported to the hospital.”
One suspect was taken into custody.
The investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Restaurant and parking lot patrons and employees have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the restaurant 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:
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the the property, and, if so, were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Was the restaurant aware of any suspicious activity or suspicious people on 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 employees and visitors, the family of Maurice Ruffin 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 Maurice Ruffin retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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