Could this tragedy have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the Armstrong, Ford and Young families?
Gunfire erupted outside a St. Petersburg gas station Monday night, January 21, 2019, injuring Carlos Demetrius Young and claiming the lives of Tywan Jeremiah Armstrong and Roger Lee Ford Jr.
According to The St. Petersburg Patch, the shooting occurred “in the parking lot of [a] gas station at 18th Avenue South and 34th Street South at 9:41 p.m.”
St. Petersburg police told the Tampa Bay Times, “more than 100 were gathered as part of an annual but unofficial after-party” following a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade. The three victims were transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Ford succumbed to fatal injuries. Mr. Young is “expected to survive.”
Our Legal Take
Gas station 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 additional security measures, such as bright lighting, visible surveillance cameras and security personnel, were implemented by the gas station owner in preparation of the reportedly “annual but unofficial after-party”?
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 gas statio owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on the premises, the families of Roger Lee Ford Jr. and Tywan Jeremiah Armstrong may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their wrongful deaths. Additionally, Carlos Demetrius Young may pursue claims 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 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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