ABC 7 Chicago has reported that a shooting occurred outside of the Mobil gas station located at 1950 Green Bay Rd, Evanston, IL 60201.
At around 7:17 p.m. on Sunday, November 28, 2021, police responded to a call of a shooting in the parking lot of the gas station. They found four victims with gunshot wounds in the parking lot when they arrived. The fifth victim was found on Green Bay Road, a block away from the gas station. One victim, a male teen, died at the scene. The remaining victims, also teens, were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is an experienced gunshot injury lawyer in Illinois. Brian represents victims of shootings in civil lawsuits. In a recent interview, he highlighted the legal options available for victims of gas station shootings. He also answered the common question, "Can I sue for being shot at a gas station?"
"Gas station owners, like other commercial property owners, have a legal responsibility to preserve the safety of their patrons and staff. The easy entry and exit of the establishment can make them a target for violent crime. Gas station owners should take this safety seriously by implementing adequate safety measures such as strong lighting in the parking lot and installing a high-tech security system. In the event a crime takes place, and the gas station fails to have adequate safety measures in place, the owner could be held liable for their negligence."
"Victims shot at a gas station have a legal right to question if everything possible was done to prevent the violent crime from occurring in the first place. If an investigation finds this was not the case, the owner could be found to be responsible in a lawsuit. Additionally, the gas station owner could be held responsible if a crime is reasonably foreseeable. This could include if crime rates in the area increased, yet the owner did not improve security measures. Victims of gas station shootings and their families are encouraged to secure the services of an experienced gunshot injury lawyer to explore all their legal options. In such cases involving negligence, victims may have reasons to pursue a civil lawsuit and man even receive compensation."