Chicago Sun-Times has reported that a shooting occurred at the Marathon gas station located at 5335 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60644.
At 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, a man was shot in the back in the gas station parking lot. He was transported to the hospital but died later that night. Police are still investigating what led up to the shooting and for possible suspects.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a gun crimes injury attorney who regularly represents victims of violent crimes in civil court. Brian has shared some information for victims of gas station shootings and their families. Read along to find out when victims can file a lawsuit against a gas station for a shooting.
"Premises liability laws are ultimately designed to hold property owners liable when crimes take place on their property. Like other commercial property owners, gas station owners have a legal duty to provide sufficient security for their customers and employees. This may include having well-lit parking areas, security cameras, and panic buttons. An owner's failure to comply can cause them to be held liable for preventable crimes, such as shootings."
"Victims of gas station shootings and their families should hire a gun crimes injury attorney to get the financial compensation they truly deserve. This legal representative will analyze the facts to determine if the gas station owner was negligent. If the attorney can prove that the crime in question was reasonably foreseeable, the property owner could be ordered to pay the victim or their family compensation. A crime can be deemed reasonably foreseeable if the property owner was aware of criminal activity near the area but failed to provide additional security measures. It is in cases of property security negligence that shooting victims and their families may have sufficient grounds to file a civil lawsuit."