Could this fatal Fort Worth parking lot shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Ms. Augustus’ family?
Security measures are under scrutiny after 18-year-old Fort Worth mother, Tamara Augustus, was shot and killed while leaving a New Year’s Eve warehouse party.
According to The Star Telegram, a “fight inside a warehouse on Jones Street in south Fort Worth…ended in a gun battle” around 11:30 p.m. Ms. Augustus, was apparently “trying to escape the gunfire” when she was fatally shot. Tragically she leaves behind a baby boy.
Police told DFW CBS, “there were 200 to 300 people inside the warehouse” at the time of the shooting. The incident raises grave questions over security and crowd control measures.
Our Legal Take
Business and parking lot 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.
- What security measures, such as weapons screenings, bag checks, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, visible security personnel, and off-duty police, were in place to deter crime and protect Ms. Augustus 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 owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Tamara Augustus’ 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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