Man Left Dead in Waffle House Parking Lot After Being Shot in His Car
WSBTV reports that on Wednesday at around 8 p.m. a man went inside the Waffle House on 2963 Lawrenceville Hwy and ordered his meal. Then he went back to his car to wait for his food. A surveillance video reveals that just seconds later a car pulled up next to him and the passenger got out and shot him.
One of the cooks went to tell the victim that his food was ready and found him suffering from a gunshot wound. When police arrived the victim was still alive, but he later died from his injuries. Police do not know the motive of the shooting and say the suspects fled the scene moment after they shot the victim.
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Can Restaurant Owners Be Liable For Violent Crime on Their Properties?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent at CrimeVictim.Attorney represents victims of restaurant shootings and their families in civil lawsuits. Mr. Kent has provided his insight on the legal options available to these victims.
It is the legal duty of all commercial property owners to keep their patrons and employees safe from the threat of preventable crime. To successfully fulfill this duty property owners must provide adequate security on their premises. This may include hiring security guards, installing video surveillance, and establishing well-lit parking lots. If a restaurant owner fails to provide adequate security and an incident such as a shooting occurs due to their negligence, then the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit.
However, it is not that simple. A victim’s lawyer must also prove that the crime was reasonably foreseeable in order to file a lawsuit against the property owner. An example of a reasonably foreseeable crime would be if that restaurant had a prior history of criminal violence and no security improvements were established. Each case is different but in general, if a reasonably foreseeable shooting occurs at a restaurant due to negligent security, then the owner may be held liable.
If you or a loved one has been a victim to a restaurant shooting, you can learn more about your legal options by reviewing your case with a crime victim attorney.
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