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36-Year-Old Woman Shot in Torso by 18-Year-Old Circle K Gas Station in Starke, FL

On Thursday, December 8, 2022, Bradford County Sheriff’s Office and Starke Police responded to a shooting at Circle K on West Brownlee Street. A 34-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound in her torso. A bullet traveled through a car door before hitting the woman. Cole Crosby, 18, was caught after fleeing the scene and charged with tampering with evidence, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, and culpable negligence.

Investigation and Questions

Although some reports state that an argument occurred between Ms. Herron and Buckner leading up to the shooting, that yields little helpful information about the incident itself and what occurred. As they pertain to a civil case, important questions and areas of investigation might include:

  • Did the victim and the shooter know each other or have a prior history?
  • Did the shooter have a significant criminal history?
  • Was the shooter a regular customer or presence at this Circle K?
  • What is the history of prior crime and police response at and around this Circle K
  • What security measures were in place at circle K?
  • If there was, in fact, an argument, what was the nature of the argument?
  • Where did the weapon come from?

These questions can help paint a clearer picture of why this incident occurred and whether it could have been prevented. Although nothing can bring back a loved one taken too early by gun violence, answers and understanding can help in the long healing journey.

How to Prevent Violence and Crime at Gas Stations?

Legal contributor Attorney Danny Dalton, an experienced crime victim lawyer, represents crime victims and gunshot victims injured or killed in shootings, stabbings, and assaults at apartment complexes and commercial properties.

“Owners and operators of convenience stores and gas stations can take certain, reasonable steps to help prevent violence on their properties – for example, adequate lighting, controlled-access gates, fences, courtesy officers, security patrols, off-duty officers, trespass lists, and cameras. 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. Owners and managers 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 should certainly take steps to discourage it from occurring on the property.”

An experienced attorney at Mickelsen Dalton LLC can help determine if you have a claim and advise you of your options. Our attorneys have successfully represented dozens of gunshot and assault victims. Within the past three years, Mickelsen Dalton LLC has recovered over $30 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We have been featured in Fox News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and several other national news organizations.

Anyone may contact our attorneys for a free consultation at (843) 804-0428 or (678) 641-9054 or by email at info@mickelsendalton.com.


Past results are not a guarantee of future results. The information contained in this post is from news articles and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will correct or remove this post upon request. The material contained in this post is not intended to constitute legal advice.

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