Did negligent security contribute to this shooting death and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Update: According to News5Cleveland.com, “Dorian Johnson, 37, of Cleveland, was identified by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner as a victim in the shooting at a gas station on Community College.”
Gunfire erupted Tuesday afternoon, February 25, 2020 at a Cleveland, Ohio gas station leaving one man dead and another injured.
As reported by News5Cleveland.com, “[t]he shooting happened around 2:15 p.m. at a gas station in the 3900 block of Community College Avenue.”
According to the report, “a man attempted to enter the gas station, and after he was denied entry, showed a handgun and left. A 53-year-old grabbed a handgun and began to follow the man.”
Fox8.com is reporting, “the suspect turned and fired multiple shots, hitting two others. A 37-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and died. A bullet grazed the chest of a 55-year-old.”
The suspect fled the scene.
The shooting investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Gas Station and convenience store patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the property 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:
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- What security measures, such as monitored surveillance cameras, clear windows, and visible security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
- Was there any suspicious people or activity on the 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 visitors, the family of Dorian Johnson may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss. In addition, any injured victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries.
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 Dorian Johnson and any injured victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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