Unsafe property? Negligent Security? 18-Year-Old Nikeem Omar Hargrove Shot and Killed at Kroger in Ellenwood, GA
Friday night on November 18, 2022, shots rang out in the parking lot of a Kroger in Henry County, GA. An altercation took place inside the Kroger and continued into the parking lot. 18-year-old Omarion Thomas pulled out a gun and shot Hargrove. Multiple shots were fired, and the Kroger windows were shot out. Police have not released what led to the altercation, and the investigation is ongoing.
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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