Devonta Williams Killed in Jacksonville Gas Station Shooting. Negligent Security an Issue?
26-year-old Devonta Williams was reportedly shot and killed outside a Mobil gas station Thursday afternoon, December 22, 2016.
According to News 4 JAX, the shooting occurred “late Thursday afternoon at the Mobil gas station at the corner of Arlington Road and the Arlington Expressway.” Mr. Williams was transported to UF Health Jacksonsville, where he later succumbed to fatal injuries.
The neighborhood has apparently been plagued with a number of recent assaults and burglaries. News 4 JAX reports, there have been “about 50 crimes” reported “within a half mile of the scene” since November.
Did negligent security contribute to the death of this young man? We represent individuals and families who have suffered a tragic loss or injury as a consequence of negligent property security. Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Florida, or call now for a free consultation with out legal team: 888.842.1616.
Our Legal Take
Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the gas station and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
What security measures, such as bright lighting, security patrols and surveillance cameras, were in place to deter crime at the time of the shooting?
- Were any additional security precautions implemented by the property owner or management to protect patrons, following recent local crime reports?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the gas station owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the family of Devonta Williams may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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