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Shots rang out Sunday afternoon at a Shell Gas Station located on the 5700 block of Buena Vista Road in Columbus, Georgia. There, Columbus Police found 17-year-old Rutravious Loftin with a gunshot wound. He died 30 minutes later. Police are still searching for information and suspects.
Details are still limited and the investigation is ongoing, but as the investigation pertains to a civil lawsuit for the deaths and injuries that occurred at this event, important questions remain:
Who were the shooters?
Was anyone checked for guns or other dangerous weapons?
Did the victims and the shooter know each other?
What is the history of prior crime at the subject Shell Gas Station??
What security measures, if any, were in place at this gas station?
Who was responsible for security and safety at this event?
What led up to the shooting and how long did the altercation last?
These questions can help begin painting a clearer picture of why this incident occurred and whether it could have been prevented. Those responsible for the event have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to protect their guests. When an event has a history of violence and problems with crime, they may be held liable when one of their guests is injured or killed in one of these instances of violent crime.
Legal contributor Attorney Brian Mickelsen, an experienced wrongful death lawyer, has represented many families of those killed or injured by the actions or negligence of others. Mr. Mickelsen offered the following commentary on this situation:
“Owners and operators of businesses can and should take reasonable steps to help prevent violence on their properties – for example, adequate lighting, video cameras, fences, courtesy officers, security patrols, off-duty officers, trespass lists, and maintaining a clean store in good repair can all help to deter crime. It is also important for property owners to request and monitor crime data to get a better idea of what is happening at and around the property so that they can evaluate what security measures are necessary. Owners and operators should request for the 9-1-1 calls for service logs, crime grids, and actual police reports. You can’t prevent all crime, but property owners can certainly take steps to discourage it from occurring on the property.”
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