Myron Pierce Killed in DeKalb County Gas Station Shooting; Justice Available?
Did negligent security contribute to this shooting death of Myron Pierce and are justice and compensation available to the victim's family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Gunfire erupted Sunday afternoon, June 2, 2019 at a DeKalb County, Georgia gas station leaving one man dead.
According to 11Alive.com, "[t]he shooting happened just before 4 p.m. Sunday at the Shell gas station in the 1800 block of Glenwood Avenue, just off I-20 in DeKalb County." AJC.com is reporting, "[the victim] was cutting grass at a woman’s home and accompanied the homeowner to the gas station to get some chips." According to the report, once at the gas station, the victim and another man got into an argument inside the gas station that spilled out into the parking lot and that is where the victim was shot by the suspect. "[The victim] was shot at least three times in his upper chest and two more times in his lower right side...[h]e was taken to a local hospital, where he later died." The victim was identified as 34-year-old Myron Pierce of Atlanta, according to AJC.com.
The suspect is in custody.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Gas Station and convenience store patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the property is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this shooting may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
- What security measures, such as bright lighting, monitored surveillance cameras, clear windows, and visible security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
- Did management try to de-escalate the situation after the initial argument?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the family of Myron Pierce may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for his loss.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the family of Myron Pierce retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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