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Food Mart with History of Shootings – Shooting at Friends Food Mart in Macon, Georgia. Braxton Cole Named and Roderick Felton named as the Latest Victims in a String of Shootings at Friends Food Mart.

Posted By Danny Dalton | June 8 2022 | Negligent Security

Braxton Cole was pronounced dead after another shooting at the Friends Food Mart on Houston Avenue in Macon, Georgia. Details of what led up to this latest fatal shooting remain unclear, but at least one other individual, Deroderick Collins who appears to be a completely innocent bystander, was also shot during the same incident.

Unfortunately, this was not the first fatal shooting at the Friends Food Mart, even in the last 30 days. On May 9, 2022, 16-year-old Kymelo Early was shot and killed at the same food mart, and on March 25, 2020, La’Terry A’Donta Kendrick was fatally shot at the same location.

The danger this food mart poses to the community has become so severe that on June 7, 2022, Bibb County Superior Court Senior Judge Bryant Culpepper signed a temporary restraining order closing the Friends Food Mart for at least 30 days until a full hearing on the matter occurs.

A county representative issued the following statement following Judge Culpepper’s Order:

“The complaint was filed because the business is a well-known center of frequent serious criminal activity, including violent offenses and drug activity. The BSO regularly patrols the area due to the amount of illegal drug, violent, and gang-related activities, devoting substantial public resources, attention, patrols, time, and operations to Friends. Multiple reports confirm substantial criminal and drug-related activity is regularly conducted on or about the property. More than 20 relevant incident reports from 2020 to present were filed with the complaint.”

Investigation and Questions

Because details are so limited, many important questions remain about this incident and the other recent incidents at the same location. As they pertain to a potential civil case and lawsuit, important questions and areas of investigation might include:

What caused the shooting?

Did the shooter(s) have a significant criminal history?

Was the shooter a known person to the Friends Food Mart?

What security measures were in place at the Friends Food Mart?

What measures did the Friends Food Mart take after each of the other shootings?

Where, precisely, did the shooting take place?

These questions can help begin painting a clearer picture of why this incident occurred and whether it could have been prevented. Problematic properties such as the Friends Food Mart have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to protect their customers. When these stores know they have a problem with crime and gang violence, they may be held liable when one of their customers is injured or killed in one of these instances of violent crime.

How to Prevent Violence and Crime at Convenience Stores

Legal contributor Attorney Danny Dalton, an experienced wrongful death lawyer, has represented many families of those killed or injured by the actions or negligence of others. Mr. Dalton 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 the 9-1-1 calls for service logs, crime grids, and actual police reports. The fact that the crime at this property was so rampant that the city is closing it down means that the owners were, or should have been, well aware of the crime problem on their property. 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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