Could the shooting at a Columbus fast food restaurant have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A man was shot at a Columbus, OH fast food restaurant drive-thru Monday night, December 14, 2020.
As reported by 10tv.com, “[t]he shooting happened just before 10 p.m. in the back parking lot of [a restaurant], located at 4049 East Livingston Avenue.”
According to the report, “19-year-old Ldarrin O’Neal was found suffering from an apparent gunshot wound and taken to Mount Carmel East in critical condition where he later died just before 11 p.m.”
ABC6onyourside.com is reporting, “O’Neal was waiting at the drive-thru when two men got out of a hatchback in front of O’Neal’s car and assaulted him.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Fast food restaurant 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 prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property, and, if so, were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Was the restaurant aware of any suspicious activity on property prior to the shooting?
- What security measures, such as visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
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 Ldarrin O’Neal may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their 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 Ldarrin O’Neal retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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