Young Man Shot and Killed in the Parking Lot of Chicken Shack
According to WITN, a shooting took place on Sunday evening in the parking lot of Chicken Shack located at 425 Hooker Rd Unit #104, Greenville, NC 27834. One person, 21-year-old Cortavious Arrington, was killed. Another man, C-Allah Coombs, Jr., sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Allegedly, Arrington had entered the convenient store and then soon after shots were fired. At this point in time, neither motives nor suspects surrounding the shooting have been released. Arrington had just finished serving time for drug convictions and was in the process of jumpstarting a musical career. Coombs, on the other hand, had just been released from jail less than a month ago for his involvement in a drive-by shooting.
Greenville police are currently working alongside the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office in handling this case.
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Legal Recourse For Victims of Parking Lot Shootings and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney works closely with victims of violent crimes in civil cases. Below, we have asked him to give some of his legal insight on the potential options available to victims and families involved in parking lot shootings:
“Property owners and in this case parking lot owners are bound by law to ensure the safety of all customers and employees on or around the premises. In order to successfully protect all patrons from preventable dangers, then, a property owner should be able to maintain adequate security on site. Basically, anything from video surveillance to sufficient parking lot lighting can constitute as adequate, but there are undoubtedly other options as well. Nonetheless, when a parking lot or other type of property owner does not hold adequate security on location and a violent crime like a shooting takes place, the owner may become liable for the injuries to the victim. Attorneys often refer to this as property owner negligence.”
“Moving forward, though, inadequate security alone is not enough for a victim to bring a lawsuit against a property owner. In fact, a victim’s attorney is required to also show that the violent crime that occurred on the property was reasonably foreseeable. This means that if a parking lot owner received reports of increased shootings in the area and decided not to take precautionary measures, he or she may be held liable for the victim’s injuries since the incident was reasonably foreseeable. Ultimately, inadequate security and a reasonably foreseeable crime must be proven together for a victim to have a valid lawsuit against a negligent property owner.”
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a parking lot shooting, please do not delay in contacting an experienced attorney today. Please feel free to reach out to one of our violent crime victim attorneys as well.
Location of Chicken Shack in Greenville, North Carolina
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