The Chicago Sun-Times has reported shooting occurred at a gas station on the 2000 block of W Marquette Rd, Chicago, IL 60636.
At about 1 a.m. Saturday, January 22, 2022, a teenage boy was shot multiple times in the West Englewood gas station on the South Side of Chicago. He was taken to a nearby hospital to treat his injuries but is said to be in stable condition despite being shot in the leg and buttocks.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent has represented numerous victims of shootings along with their families in civil lawsuits. During an interview, Brian provided insight regarding when victims shot at gas stations can file a lawsuit.
"By law, gas station owners are obligated to provide a reasonable level of protection for their patrons and staff. Gas station owners should maintain adequate security to ensure their property is safe as they prevent violent crimes, like shootings, from occurring. Owners should have ample overhead lighting, surveillance cameras, and adequate employees to supervise the property. If someone on the property is injured and the security measures were lacking, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit based on the property owner's negligence."
"When the location has a history of criminal activity, the crime could be deemed foreseeable. If the gas station owner failed to make upgrades to its security to reduce the risk of more violent incidents, the property owner could be held liable for the damages. If a victim's lawyer can prove that the foreseeable crime occurred as a result of inadequate property security, the victim may be eligible for monetary compensation."