KBTX has reported that an employee was shot while working the drive-thru at the Cool Valley McDonald’s located at 1790 S Florissant Rd, St. Louis, MO 63121.
On Wednesday, January 18, 2022, 30-year-old Terika Clay got into an argument with an employee at the fast-food restaurant drive-thru. The argument was reported to be over a discount on fries. As the employee took a smoke break outside, Clay hit the employee in the head with a gun and then shot them. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment, but their condition has yet to be updated.
Clay was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.
Attorney contributor Ryan Frazier represents victims of gun violence and their families in civil lawsuits. Recently we asked Ryan to share some information as an experienced shooting victim lawyer regarding the legal rights of victims shot while working at restaurants.
"Restaurant owners, including fast-food restaurants, are legally responsible for the wellbeing of their staff and customers. Restaurant owners must provide sufficient security to ensure their property is reasonably safe. This could include ample lighting and security cameras throughout the property. However, if a restaurant owner fails to offer a security plan to reduce the risk of preventable violence, they could be held accountable for the resulting damages."
"The victim's legal representation will try to prove the crime was reasonably foreseeable in order for a victim to have grounds to pursue a lawsuit. If the property failed to make improvements to its security despite knowing of an increase in violence in the area, the crime could be deemed foreseeable. It is important for victims to seek the advice of an experienced shooting victim lawyer when filing a lawsuit against a negligent property owner."