On the afternoon of June 25, 2023, a fatal incident took place at a gas station in Columbia County. A 47-year-old individual from Lake City, Florida, identified as Kendrick Jerry, was the victim of a deadly shooting.
The shooting incident happened around 1 p.m. at the Chevron gas station located at the junction of U.S. Highway 441 N. and Interstate 10, as reported by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. The report also indicated that Jerry got entangled in a confrontation with another man in the station's parking lot, which led to him receiving a lethal gunshot wound.
The Sheriff's Office, in a release shared on Tuesday morning, revealed that they have determined the identity of the other person involved in the confrontation. However, his name is currently being withheld.
The same release informed that the investigation into the incident is still active and ongoing.
The Sheriff, Mark Hunter, shared a message of condolence, underlining the profound sadness that the loss of any community member brings. He ensured the community and the Jerry family that every effort would be made to uncover the truth behind this incident.
Shortly after the shooting was reported, deputies were quick to respond, arriving at the scene just after 1 p.m. They discovered Jerry outside, near the station's front door. Despite the immediate medical assistance provided by both deputies and EMS workers, Jerry's life could not be saved, and he passed away at the scene.
Pursuing a Negligent Security Claim in Florida After a Gas Station Shooting
In Florida, you may have the right to file a negligent security claim if you've been injured in a gas station shooting. Negligent security falls under premises liability law, and it could apply if the property owner failed to provide adequate security measures to prevent the incident.
Filing a Negligent Security Claim
To file a claim:
- Identify the Responsible Party: Typically, this would be the property owner or the company managing the gas station.
- Collect Evidence: Gather any evidence that supports your claim, such as surveillance footage, eyewitness accounts, or police reports.
- Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer: Legal complexities make it important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to guide you through the process.
Proving Negligence in Florida
In a negligent security case, you need to demonstrate:
- Duty of Care: The property owner had a duty to provide reasonable security measures.
- Breach of Duty: The property owner failed in fulfilling that duty.
- Causation: The breach directly resulted in your injury.
- Damage: You suffered damages as a result of the injury, such as medical expenses, loss of earnings, or pain and suffering.
Consult a legal professional for assistance in building a strong negligent security claim following a gas station shooting in Florida.
Do You Need a Florida Negligent Security Attorney?
If you’ve been the victim of a violent criminal attack on the property of a business, like a hotel, motel, apartment complex, restaurant, gas station, convenience store, or bar in Florida, you should speak with an experienced Florida negligent security lawyer as soon as possible because you may be entitled to compensation. You can contact us online, or you can call our downtown Orlando, Florida law office at (321) 352-7588 to schedule your consultation.
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