Negligent Security? Jesús Lopez, James Ronquillo Killed in Albuquerque Gas Station Shooting.

Jesús Lopez, James Ronquillo Killed in Albuquerque Gas Station Shooting

Jesús Lopez, James Ronquillo Killed in Albuquerque Gas Station Shooting (KOAT 7)

Could the loss of Jesús Lopez and James Ronquillo have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to their families?

Local News

Gunfire erupted at an Albuquerque Gas Station early Monday, January 14, 2019, claiming the lives of Jesús Lopez and James Ronquillo.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, “officers were called to reports of a shooting at a 24-hour Circle K gas station on University and Menaul NE.” It is not known if police have a motive for the shooting, however,  “[Mr.] Lopez’s mother told the Journal that detectives told her family it might have been a robbery attempt.”

Apparently, there have been multiple calls to this location in the past. KOAT 7 reports, “Police are familiar with the Circle K. According to APD records, officers are called to the gas station about 20 to 30 times a month.”  The many incidents allegedly reported raise grave questions over local convenience store security measures.

Our Legal Take

Gas station and convenience store patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • Media reports indicate multiple calls to this location. What additional security measures, such as metal detectors, visible surveillance cameras and security patrols, were implemented by the gas station convenience store owner to deter crime and protect patrons following reports of prior criminal activity on property?

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 convenience store owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on the premises, the families of Jesús Lopez and James Ronquillo may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their wrongful deaths.

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 victims’ families retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

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