A male in his 40s was shot and killed by a stray bullet in the parking lot of Legends Café, which is part of the Chevron gas station located near Godby Road and Old National Highway in College Park, Georgia. The identity of the victim has not been released and the investigation is ongoing.
Why the Gas Station and Restaurant May Be Liable?
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:
“There are a few important facts to consider. For starters, according to news articles, the male shot and killed was minding his own business when he caught a stray bullet. Second, College Park consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous cities in Georgia. Third, there has been a surge in violent crimes at gas stations. All of this is to say that a shooting at a gas station in College Park is entirely foreseeable and that the victim did nothing to cause or contribute to his death.”
How to Prevent Violence and Crime at a Gas Station?
“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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