According to Fox 4 News, a 17-year-old Polytechnic High School student was allegedly stabbed multiple times and then shot outside of a Texaco gas station at 2700 East Rosedale Street on January 16th. Witnesses reported that gunshots were fired outside of the station, which is directly across the street from Poly High.
Authorities reported that the two suspected students and the 17-year-old victim were involved in an altercation. Witnesses stated that the argument escalated and resulted in the 17-year-old student being stabbed and later shot in the leg by the two others.
Police believe that they have identified the students who committed the crime but are not releasing their identities at this time, nor have they been arrested at this time. The student who suffered stabbing and gunshot wounds is being treated and is expected to recover.
This investigation is ongoing and is being carried out by Fort Worth Police Department's Gang Unit.
Marc Lenahan, an attorney and contributor to the Legal Herald, regularly represents victims of violent crimes in civil court cases. He has offered to share the knowledge below for those who may find themselves a victim of this type of crime. His insights may help answer questions such as "Can I sue for being shot at a business?" Mr. Lenahan does not represent any of the parties in this case.
"Throughout the nation, premises liability law determines who can be held liable when crimes take place on private property. Property owners often have a legal duty to provide security for their customers and visitors. This could mean having well-lit areas, cameras, and sometimes private security for customers." states Attorney Lenahan.
Mr. Lenahan continues by saying, "When victims of violent crimes hire an attorney, that legal representative will have to analyze how the crime happened on the property. If an attorney can prove that the crime in questions was reasonably foreseeable, then the property owner may be ordered to pay the victim compensation. A reasonably foreseeable crime can happen if an owner knew about recent criminal activity near the area and failed to either upgrade or provide additional security for customers.
Even in the fortunate case when a victim survives the crime, they are likely to face many hardships that they must overcome. Medical debt can quickly accumulate and often times the families or loved ones will become responsible for these if the victim becomes unable to work. Receiving financial compensation from a lawsuit can alleviate these financial pressures and allow victims to concentrate on recovering" Lenahan concluded.