Security Failure? Our Legal Take: Teen Shot Heroically Stopping Memphis Gas Station Robbery
Did negligent security contribute to the shooting of this young man? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.
A 17-year-old was reportedly shot and injured while attempting to stop a robbery outside a Memphis Citgo gas station Tuesday, October 11, 2016.
According to WMC News 5, “officers responded to a robbery at a Citgo gas station on Sycamore View Road.” Three armed men approached a 32-year-old victim and “demanded money.” The gunmen apparently opened fire when a 17-year-old boy noticed the robbery and heroically attempted to intervene. The young man was struck in the leg and back, News 5 reports.
“That kid saved my life man,” the 32-year-old victim told media. “I owe my life to him.”
Our Legal Take
Patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on premises of the establishment they are visiting. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the gas station and whether this unconscionable shooting may have been prevented.
- What security measures, such as surveillance cameras, bright lighting and security patrols, were in place to protect patrons at the time of the shooting?
- Was the gas station owner aware of any prior incidents of violence on or near the property? If so, were additional security precautions implemented by the property owner or management to deter crime?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the gas station owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the young victim may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his injuries.
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 retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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