Taco Bell Employee Injured During Armed Robbery
WRAL.com reports that around 3 a.m. on Wednesday a shooting occurred at a Taco Bell restaurant located at 12340 NC-210, Benson, NC 27504. The victim was an employee and was shot in his thigh while closing the restaurant. He was taken to the hospital.
Allegedly, the suspect coerced the victim back into the store after he closed it down, stole money, and then shot the assistant manager. Fortunately, the victim was able to set off his car alarm from inside and someone nearby came to help.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office has not released identifications of the victim or suspect at this point.
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Can Restaurant Owners Be Liable For Shootings on Their Properties?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of https://CrimeVictim.Attorney specializes in civil cases dealing with restaurant shooting victims and their families. Below he has offered some of his legal advice on the matter below.
Basically, commercial property owners must be able to offer safety to all of their employees and customers when they are on or near the premises. To do this they should offer adequate security to all patrons on site in order to protect them from preventable dangers. Thus, adequate security should include things like video surveillance and security guards if necessary, but of course there are many other forms. The point is that when adequate security is not supplied, the property owner may be held liable for say a shooting or stabbing where someone is injured or killed. If a restaurant owner did not offer up proper levels of security, he or she may have acted negligently, and the violent crime victim may then have a valid lawsuit.
Furthermore, though, a violent crime victim’s attorney needs to be able to show more than just inadequate security by the owner. In fact, he or she must be able to prove that the crime that occurred was reasonably foreseeable in nature. What this means is that if a restaurant owner learns that crime is getting worse in the area, chooses not to upgrade security, and then someone is shot on site, he or she may be held liable for the crime because it was reasonably foreseeable. To be clear, however, both inadequate security and a reasonably foreseeable crime must be proved for a victim to bring a lawsuit against the property owner.
If you or someone close to you has been affected by a restaurant shooting, please do not hesitate to contact an experienced attorney today. We encourage you to reach out to one of our experienced violent crime victim attorneys now in order to learn about all of your legal options.
Location of Taco Bell in Benson, North Carolina
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